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  • Summary: The first English-language release since 2009's She Wolf for the Colombian singer features guest appearances from Magic!, Rihanna, and Blake Shelton.
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Dare (La La La)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Mar 25, 2014
    88
    Get ready for a set of convincing, honest music, on which the Colombian star often unabashedly professes her love for boyfriend Gerard Pique.
  2. Mar 31, 2014
    80
    There is the odd failure (23 is a saccharine ode to her husband, the footballer Gerard Piqué), but Shakira still traverses musical styles like few others.
  3. Mar 31, 2014
    80
    She sounds like she truly cares and poured her heart into her songs (and most of them are indeed co-written by her), with the overall result feeling satisfyingly emotional and incredibly fulfilling... something that couldn't be said as strongly about an album like She Wolf.
  4. Mar 25, 2014
    70
    [It] doesn't necessarily mean that every cut is cohesive but Shakira is the rare pop star who can pull an album together through sheer force of personality.
  5. Mar 27, 2014
    70
    The warbles and breaks in her voice that make her professions of love sound both innocent and obsessive, and the idiosyncrasies of her English lyrics: “You looked at me with your blue eyes/And my agnosticism turned into dust.” They keep her from getting entirely swallowed by the Anglo pop machine.
  6. Mar 25, 2014
    70
    Shakira is a more middle-of-the-road affair, but it’s also more revealing.
  7. Mar 26, 2014
    37
    Predictable and flavorless, these songs seem to realize a fear that unfairly gathered around Shakira in 2009 when her album "She Wolf" led some critics to suspect that the Colombian-born star was attempting to Americanize her sound (or had been coerced into doing so by forces in the music industry).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 47
  2. Negative: 4 out of 47
  1. Mar 25, 2014
    10
    Um excelente album pop. Shakira prova mais uma vez que consegue unir elementos de varias culturas e enrriquecer suas músicas com as maisUm excelente album pop. Shakira prova mais uma vez que consegue unir elementos de varias culturas e enrriquecer suas músicas com as mais variaras referências. O "Shakira." possui mid-tempos, baladas, dance, reggae e faixas que flertam com sonoridades e estruturas experimentais. Expand
  2. Feb 14, 2016
    10
    This album is amazing. It's a perfect pop album, eclectic and cool, all the songs are wonderful. Favorite songs are The One Thing, MedicineThis album is amazing. It's a perfect pop album, eclectic and cool, all the songs are wonderful. Favorite songs are The One Thing, Medicine and Cut Me Deep. Expand
  3. Mar 27, 2014
    10
    Very good, i was wating for this record since Oral Fixation 2, i liked Shewolf and Sale el Sol, but they were very different from the ShakiraVery good, i was wating for this record since Oral Fixation 2, i liked Shewolf and Sale el Sol, but they were very different from the Shakira records i loved years ago, im glad shes back in full form. Expand
  4. Mar 25, 2014
    10
    Awesome album. Worth the 4 year wait. Not as good as Sale El Sol but still amazing. Some reallyAwesome album. Worth the 4 year wait. Not as good as Sale El Sol but still amazing. Some really strong tracks on this. Expand
  5. Mar 27, 2014
    9
    Shakira shows herself more personal and intimate in this album. I praise the collaborations and the musical diversity contained in the album,Shakira shows herself more personal and intimate in this album. I praise the collaborations and the musical diversity contained in the album, thus it has a bit of every rhythm. The ballad '23' has proven deep feelings and honesty; 'Empire' is so powerful that could cherish whoever listens to it; 'Cut Me Deep? is a novelty for a Shakira song, but sounds very good. Nonetheless, lacking more happy tunes like 'La La La' make the album much more quiet, which is not necessarily bad (for me, at least). Shakira shows herself as a whole. Expand
  6. May 12, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Not Shakira's best but still very much worth listening too. I am definitely going to say that I wish the song La La La (Spanish Version) was included on the American release. It would have been a great single for US Latin radio. I think, overall, I am a fan of the reggae-tinged production in this album. It's very different, and I like hearing a new side to Shakira. By far and away, the strongest track on this album is Empire. Proud of Shaki for getting back to the rock roots us Hispanohablantes know and love, but I wish she had written the song herself. It sounds off if she doesn't write the song. In fact, this whole album just sounds off. It all SOUNDS like it should be sung by Shakira, but unless Shakira actually wrote the song, I don't think it sounds nearly as convincing. That's just the way she is and always has been. Overall, however, there was not a bad song on the album. It just left a little to be desired. Expand
  7. Mar 27, 2014
    0
    I had low expectations after hearing the first single off this album, but this just blew it out of the park.
    It's really sad, because Shakira
    I had low expectations after hearing the first single off this album, but this just blew it out of the park.
    It's really sad, because Shakira has a very unique and special voice, and she has so much potential.
    But it seems as if Shakira was coerced into Americanizing her sound, and it ends up sounding extremely cringe-worthy.
    The album's lyrics lack emotion and depth.
    The music within itself is dry and predictable.
    The production was lazily executed.
    And the album seemed rushed and exhausted.
    Maybe next time.
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