• Record Label: Epic
  • Release Date: Nov 23, 2009
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. This blend of cheerful weirdness and sick beats--often supplied by the Neptunes, delivering tough, sensual rhythms in a way they haven’t in a long time, but also John Hill and Wyclef Jean--is giddily addicting, a celebration of all the strange sensuality that comes out at night.
  2. The result is certainly more adventurous than anything from her peers, if a little forced.
  3. Ultimately, the list of collaborators on She Wolf may be an impressive roll call, but perhaps Shakira would do better in listening to her own instincts than that of others.
  4. With only nine tracks, followed by three español translations and a handful of superfluous bonus tunes, She Wolf feels a bit thin. That quibble aside, this is some of the most unusually effective dance-floor dynamite you're likely to encounter all year.
  5. Howling good fun from Lupine superstar.
  6. These are very much Shakira songs, not merely songs produced by The Neptunes.
  7. We’re pleased to report that her third English-sung studio effort is as nutty as ever; combining Neptunes-esque beats with flamenco, post-punk riffs, synths, Arabian strings, gongs and disco.
  8. The music's Pharrell Williams-assisted dancefloor pop; the words entirely Shakira's. Preposterously brilliant.
  9. She Wolf splits down the middle pretty easily, half the tracks exuding a wry sexuality and a retro-rocking stylistic template while the other half dabble with already-passed production fads and remarkably incoherent metaphors.
  10. Yet while these tracks might bring Nelly Furtado's Timbaland-fueled makeover to mind, there is more to She Wolf than glossy dance-pop. [Dec 2009, p. 124]
  11. Shakira's trademark warble is gauche, but whether boasting about sex on 'Why Wait' or wailing on the guitar-propelled 'Mon Amour,' she's a charmer--a globe-straddling star you can cuddle up to.
  12. Timbaland and Lil Wayne are brought in for second single 'Give It Up to Me,' a last-minute effort to insure that She Wolf will be more appealing to U.S. audiences, but the track is none of the participating parties' best moments, and it's unlikely to save a project that, like the loba herself, has a bit of an identity problem.
  13. 70
    "I want us thinking outside the box," Shakira tells a lover on her third English-language studio disc. And musically, at least, she succeeds throughout the wildly eclectic She Wolf.
  14. It’s so undercooked and overwritten--with wan wolf howls and lines about being treated like a coffee machine in an office--that it reaches a special class of fascinating-awful.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 100 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 8 out of 34
  1. MattR
    Nov 24, 2009
    10
    An amazing mix of sounds, influences, and styles that takes you around the world in 50 minutes. This record is destined to be a classic in An amazing mix of sounds, influences, and styles that takes you around the world in 50 minutes. This record is destined to be a classic in Shakira's repertoire, if not in all of pop music in general. Full Review »
  2. Jun 19, 2011
    10
    Awesome album. It's impossible for me to pick a favourite for 'She Wolf'. The electronic sound is new, but I love it all the same. One of theAwesome album. It's impossible for me to pick a favourite for 'She Wolf'. The electronic sound is new, but I love it all the same. One of the best albums I've heard in a long time. Full Review »
  3. Dec 9, 2011
    7
    She shows off her great voice in this must have album for any Shakirs fans. I love the latino fusions. Some of the album does sound the sameShe shows off her great voice in this must have album for any Shakirs fans. I love the latino fusions. Some of the album does sound the same though. She wolf is ovbiously great but I think that men in this town is the stand-out track. Full Review »