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She Wolf is Columbian pop star Shakira's 6th studio album, it was released in 2009 and was quite successful. Shakira is well known for having a really sexy public image and I love her music. This album is a little different to her previous album as it has some dance elements to it, but it still keeps Shakira's sexy latin style and the songs are mostly have a pop vibe.
There are a total of 12 different songs on this album 9 of which are English and 3 are Spanish. Here is the track listing for She Wolf:
1. She Wolf
2. Did It Again
3. Long Time
4. Why Wait
5. Good Stuff
6. Men In This Town
8. Spy (featuring Wyclef Jean)
9. Mon Amour
10. Lo Hecho Está Hecho (Did It Again- Spanish version)
11. Años Luz (Why Wait- Spanish version)
12. Loba (She Wolf- Spanish version)
This is a quite sexual song about letting loose and behaving badly every now and again, letting your 'inner she wolf' out, it is a really confident and fast paced song and has a real dance feeling to it. This is my favourite song on the album because it has a really fun vibe to it and is really catchy to sing along to.
This is another really sexual song that has a cool dance feeling to it, however this one is slower and has more tension within. This song is about knowing you are a great lover and not being afraid to admit it to your partner, it is quite seductive and lives up to Shakira's sexy public image.
This is an amazing song, that although the title is in Spanish, is sung in English, it is about getting your heart broken when your partner leaves you for someone else, but loving them so much that you decide to wait on them to come to their senses and come back. This song has quite a comical feeling to it as Shakira sings about her ex and his new lover having a terrible holiday and him crawling back to her. This song is quite emotional but it has quite a rock feeling to it and it is actually quite faced paced.
The Rest of the Album
I really enjoyed this album, I will admit I didn't really like the Spanish version songs when I first bought it, but I think that overtime they have grew on me and I find myself attempting to sing along to them now. I still prefer the English versions of the songs, but I enjoy listening to all the songs on this album. There is a really sexy feel to this album and Shakira's voice is amazing.
Price and Availability
I bought She Wolf just after it came out for around £15 in HMV, however it has dropped in price a little to £8.99. I think this is a fair price for this album.
Overall I really enjoyed this album, it has a real fun and sexy feeling to most of the tracks but there is also a nice mix of slower more emotional songs. I think that previous Shakira fans will definitely enjoy this album and that anyone who likes pop or artists like Beyonce, Christina Aguilera or Rihanna may also enjoy this album. Overall I would give this album 4 out of 5 stars.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
The third English language release from Columbian megastar, Shakira, shows the blonde bombshell taking risks. The Latin rock of 2001's 'Laundry Service' and the acoustic sound of 2005's 'Oral Fixation' have evolved yet again, this time into a bass-heavy, electronic set of pop songs. I was initially very wary about this change, as for me, Shakira has always appealed to me because she has only ever marched to the beat of her own drum. Her two biggest hits 'Whenever, Wherever' and 'Hips Don't Lie' were such enormous successes for this reason - they sounded like nothing on the radio before. I was sceptical, and for the most part I've been proven wrong. However, there are still some aspects of this new sound which are yet to click with me.
The title track, 'She Wolf', is thankfully a resounding success. The scratchy 70's dance guitars, mixed with a synthy chorus and bubbling bass-line... it's hard to describe the song's unique production in words. Complete with heavy panting and howling, Shakira has said that the song has a deeper meaning than you'd think from first listen. She explains that the song is an extended metaphor for the problems facing women, and how they need to remind themselves to not be trapped by domesticity and just get in touch with their inner feelings and desires. With unique and primal (sometimes sensual) lyrics which reflect that, such as the breathy chorus of "There's a she-wolf in your closet... open up and set it free", this song is both immensely enjoyable and undeniably memorable. Simply a great track.
'Did It Again', the second single from the album, has it all. Produced by Pharell, it is more electro and futuristic than the title-track. With a marching band beat, bouncy synths and an infectious "ey-ey-ey" sing-along hook, the production is flawless. At times, Shakira uses a little too much of her vibrato in the chorus - making her voice sound a little too much like an animal. Perhaps 'less is more' would have been a bit of good advice before recording the song. However, the song is incredibly memorable, and has great lyrics - "How blind a girl can be/To miss you hiding your ring/Thought about everything/I'm so naive, imagining all that." This song shows exactly where Shakira has been successful at mixing her original sound and lyrics, with her new electro pop direction. It's a real gem.
Great drums kick off 'Long Time', a song which has suspenseful verses, and a strange yodelling of the words all-night-long, which sounds great. However, the chorus is such a limp piece of music. "Long time, long time/That's the way I've loved you baby" are surprisingly weak words, considering Shakira's normally high quality (if not enigmatic) lyrics. With little modulation in the melody, the chorus is an utter letdown that tarnishes the rest of the track. With repeated listens, the song does grow on you, and you begin to appreciate its restraint. However, I'd argue that it's the weakest on the CD.
'Why Wait' has a pounding, pulsating, Timbaland-esque beat and toe-tapping rhythm. The combination of dance sounds with South American influences, make a really unique piece of music. The song is about not delaying the inevitable, and consummating a relationship. I think if this was merely an instrumental, the song would be an absolute masterpiece. However, the chorus is a little basic. It's memorable but the lyrics of: "Why wait for later?/Don't you want some action?/ I'm not a waiter/I like to make things happen", shows a woman in control, but perhaps a woman who should also make her choruses a little stronger.
'Good Stuff' is the fourth and final, Pharell/Neptunes production, whose sounds are beginning to wear a little thin. The chorus is mercifully, far stronger than two of the three which precede it. The cute lyrics of: "I'm not gonna miss out on the good stuff/
The grass is much greener with us on it" adds a fun, mood-enhancing quality to the song. The quirky splashes of accordion and xylophone tinkling make the track sound breezy and beautiful. It's not single-worthy, but is a pleasant enough Latin-influenced album track that may appeal more to her earlier fans.
Shakira writes about the difficulty of being thirty and single on the electro-infused 'Men in this Town'. With the lamentation of the lyrics, the fresh synth-heavy sound works to her advantage, as it stops it from sounding too melancholic or depressing. In fact, it's a really fun song. "Is there a prince in this fable? For a small town girl like me," she asks meekly, before adding: "The good ones are gone or not able/And Matt Damon's not meant for me." This is really catchy song, and I love the emotion that she communicates through the lyrics. My major fault though is that the first verse is repeated, which to me, just seems lazy. It stops the song from moving from being good, to being great.
The organic feel of 'Gypsy', is incredibly appealing. It has the rawness of her previous records, and doesn't feel as overproduced as the rest of the album. The patting of a skin drum, and jangling of metal combined with the twang of a banjo, really makes this song feel real and authentic. I love the lyrics and the feel of the song - it's really an anthem for independence and making your own way in the world. I suppose the song reflects that in the sense that it's not the most commercially viable single, but conveys an important message. "Broke my heart on the road/Spent the weekend, sowing the pieces back on," Shakira explains in the first verse, before launching into the hypnotic chorus of: "I'm a gypsy, are you coming with me?/I won't back down because life's already bit me."
Wyclef Jean, the hit-maker and guest singer on Shakira's 2006 smash 'Hips Don't Lie', reappears on the duet - 'Spy'. With a Billie Jean-esque beat, combined with futuristic synths, the song has good production (with the exception of some very strange high pitched yodelling/moaning that appears every so often in the track). At first, I didn't like the song at all but it began to grow on me. It doesn't even begin to recreate their past magic, however, is a good enough song. I do love the chemistry between the two in the verses. With a sultry tone to her voice, the moaning lyrics of "slow motion, blind are see through/let your mind go... imagine that I kiss you", are rather sensual. Overall, I'd say that it is an average song, but one that grows with repeated listens.
'Mon Amour' is a cheeky track which returns to Shakira's original pop-latin-rock roots. The pounding drums, and roaring guitars in the chorus, pack the song with attitude. The lyrics I would say are tragicomic, in that they talk about an ex-lover taking his new girlfriend to Paris, and Shakira wishing them the worst vacation imaginable. "And so you think of me when you arrive/Hope the French fleas eat you both alive" she hisses, before launching into the cracking chorus of: "But when you learn your lesson/Come back like a prodigal son/Read the big sign at the airport/Bienvenue from Hell, mon amour." Admittedly, Shakira's voice sounds very strained at times, but ultimately, this is a great track. The personality and wit in the lyrics help it to stand out, and really reflect those conflicting feelings of absolute bitterness and yet unconditional love you have for someone who has hurt you so badly.
The final offering on the CD is 'Loba', the Spanish version of 'She Wolf', changes nothing about the original arrangement of the song (arguably a good thing, because it's pretty much flawless as it is). Not being fluent in Spanish, I've heard that the lyrics are similar to the English version. However, this is quite an odd addition to put on the album. While it's a fun novelty, it seems better suited to the single. However, to me, it just appears to be a thinly-veiled attempt to make up the numbers. At only 10 tracks long, this album is brief enough as it is. It is a huge disappointment to realise that the final track is merely an alternative version of the first one. I definitely understand the dictum of "quality over quantity", but for me, I felt a little cheated.
At just under 34 minutes running time, the album is over before it really begins. Shakira should be praised for both the fact that she is the lead-writer on every track (something she is seldom acknowledged for) and that she was brave enough to shake up her sound and experiment. However, there are times when the Neptunes-produced songs feel a little lifeless. I would give this album 3.5 stars, as it really has some gems - 'She Wolf', 'Men in this Town', 'Did it Again', 'Gypsy' and 'Mon Amour' are absolutely fantastic. However, the shortened running time, and the fact that Shakira simply fits a less synthetic sound is what drags it down. For such an immensely talented lady, who sings about pursuing one's own desires in the title track, let's hope she manages to do that and not cater so much to the American radio on her next album. Although, at only £5 on Amazon, you really cannot argue with the price, which seems incredibly fair given the length and quality.
I've liked Shakira ever since she released her famous single 'Whenever , Wherever' back in 2001 , when I was just ten years old. Ever since then I have loved all of her songs , including 'Hips Don't Lie' and her duet with Beyonce on 'Beautiful Liar'. So when I heard that she was releasing a new album , I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy.
For those of you who don't know , Shakira is a Columbian solo artist who has been in the music world since 1990 although she has only been in the English charts since around 2001. To date She has sold over fifty million albums world wide!!
She Wolf is the latest album (third English album) from Shakira , released in the United Kingdom on October 12th 2009. The album comes under the pop , latin pop , world and electro pop genres. The album has ten tracks on it. This CD is available to buy from Amazon for a price of £5.98
* Track Listing *
2. Did it Again
3. Long Time
4. Why Wait
5. Good Stuff
6.Men In This Town
8. Mon Amour
9.Spy (featuring Wyclef Jean)
10. Lo Hecho Está Hecho
I love this album as it's so different to what is out there in the charts at the moment. Shakira has her own style and isn't afraid to be different which I like. I also like how her songs always have a 'latin feel' to them.
There are some great tracks on this album , my favourite being of course the lead single , 'She Wolf' and 'Gypsy'. I love how her songs just make you wanna get up and dance around the room. I also like how she's got the Spanish version of 'She Wolf' as track number 10. I find it interesting listening to songs that you already know but in a different language.
If you loved 'She Wolf' and are looking for something different , then you'll love this!
Thanks for reading!
January 18th 2010
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)
After the lacklustre Oral Fixation double pack, coupled with the horrible 70s She Wolf single, my hopes were not high when I pressed play. Of course Shakira earns respect for trying new genres, but the sound and video were both embarrassing.
If you were also put off by She Wolf, I urge you to give the album a chance. There is nothing else like She Wolf on the record. If you want another She Wolf, you will not find it here.
Shakira has been sporting a sassy, sexy diva like image right now, and her willingness to do something new shows itself in her music. The album is very versatile. The 70s She Wolf begins, Did It Again takes us to drums thundering over Shakira's sultry groans, a touch of pop in Good Stuff, and soon we find ourselves with rock in Men In This Town. She blends this all together with her signature Latina roots to create a signature sound that works very well, except for She Wolf.
Shakira's vocals are no better or worst than they ever were. However, the record highlights, again, that it can be difficult to understand what she is saying. It is only when you have the lyrics that you truly understand the song, which is such a shame, but you can still enjoy the songs.
Overall, the album is great. If She Wolf and its Spanish version were not included, the record would be perfect. Plus there should be more music, period. It is a shame that, after the double discs in Shakira's previous era, she is now being stingy by only including ten tracks. I think many record labels include less songs nowadays, probably saving any other music for a re-release further down the line.
I recently saw Shakira performing huts from her new album, She Wolf on Later with Jools Holland and I liked them so much that it prompted me to buy the album. It cost £8.99 from HMV.
The cover features a very sassy looking Shakira adopting a kind of She Wolf pose on the front with messy/sexy hair and a very cute sparkly tank top.
Shakira is a singer songwriter from Colombia. Her full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll but professionally she just uses Shakira. She has been very successful in Latin America since the early 1990's but it wasn't until 2001 that she found worldwide success with her song "Whenever, Wherever"and then her English speaking album Laundry Service, which sold over thirteen million copies worldwide.
According to an article I read, she is the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, and the second most successful female Latin singer having sold over 50 million albums worldwide, according to BMI. Additionally, she is the only artist from South America to reach the number-one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, Canadian Hot 100, the Australian ARIA chart, and the UK Singles Chart.
Shakira has a very unique sound and voice. Her voice to me is almost husky, a very sexy voice but I think this has a lot to do with her accent as well which makes her voice a little bit lower on the register than others. A lot of her music has a folk kind of vibe and especially in this new album She Wolf which also has some unique sounds from around the world, such as Indian music. In the interview to ''Rolling Stones'' she said: My music, I think, is a fusion of many different elements. And I'm always experimenting. So I try not to limit myself, or put myself in a category, or . . . be the architect of my own jail. I like that she's different and I do think although you can definitely tell a Shakira song she does have a lot of different ranges which is great.
She Wolf was only just released but I have been listening to it pretty non stop since then. What I like about it is that there are so many different type songs. She Wolf is the first track on the album and she performed this on Jools Holland. It is quite a disco/dance song which is very upbeat and Shakira performed her very unique dance moves to this track, (think shaking hips, grinding, dance moves type dancing). She has also collaborated with Pharrell Williams on quite a few of the tracks. Pharrell is quite a well know hip-pop artist so a lot of her songs have this feel as well which is great because it's definitely a different direction that Shakira is going in. The rest of the tracks are as follows:
1. "She Wolf"
2. "Did It Again"
3. "Long Time"
4. "Why Wait"
5. "Good Stuff"
6. "Men In This Town"
8. "Spy" (featuring Wyclef Jean)
9. "Mon Amour"
10. "Lo Hecho Está Hecho" ("Did It Again" Spanish version)
11. "Años Luz" ("Why Wait" Spanish version)
12. "Loba" ("She Wolf" Spanish version)
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 She Wolf
2 Did It Again
3 Long Time
4 Why Wait
5 Good Stuff
6 Men In This Town
8 Spy - Shakira & Wyclef Jean
9 Mon Amour