• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Mar 25, 2014
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
Buy On
  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
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. Apr 17, 2014
    70
    It’s a shame that she feels she has to bow to record company pressure, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty to enjoy on Shakira and the variation of styles means that the album is never boring.
  5. Apr 4, 2014
    70
    She pins huge choruses and a mercurial vocal tone to music that's so effortlessly eccentric and omnivorous you'll hardly notice when a banjo (and Blake Shelton) enter on "Medicine."
  6. 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.
  7. Mar 25, 2014
    70
    Shakira is a more middle-of-the-road affair, but it’s also more revealing.
  8. 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.
  9. 60
    The drawback of having such a cross-cultural appeal as Shakira is that you’re expected to try and satisfy its every demographic niche, a demand that weakens her first English-language album since 2009’s She Wolf.
  10. After a four-year hiatus, Shakira’s 10th album is full of raggae-tinged, bouncy melodies and absurd, occasionally quite poetic lyrics.
  11. 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).
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 189 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 189
  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. Full Review »
  2. Mar 27, 2014
    6
    its not a bad album but i expected mooore specially after 4 yrs waiting , ballad songs as empire and broken record r the best , the countryits not a bad album but i expected mooore specially after 4 yrs waiting , ballad songs as empire and broken record r the best , the country song wiz Blake Shelton is too bad and the song wiz Magic too Full Review »
  3. Mar 29, 2014
    0
    To be fair, Shakira has had a rough go of it competing with her peers in the business. But the quality of the songs on this eponymous releaseTo be fair, Shakira has had a rough go of it competing with her peers in the business. But the quality of the songs on this eponymous release is weak and therefore fleeting. They are very polished, air brushed songs - and they cannot even provide, at least, any sugary "ear candy." I hear she has a new husband who is forbidding her to dance with shirtless males. I'm sure that would be the least of their problems considering she is now being controlled by a religious fanatic. And it also reflects on the music - I think her music on this one is also being compromised for the sake of religion which is something that any rock star - even one from a Latin country - would want to avoid. The spirit of the album feels like it has been dampened. Nobody will be listening to this album in a year from now and it will be in the bargain-bin at whatever record store or website you order it from within 6 months. Here's hoping she gets her groove back on next time around. Full Review »