Nearly a year after the release of her sixth studio album, She Wolf, Shakira presents to the world her most recent work–bilingual album–Sale el Sol.
Sale el Sol which, in English, translates to “the sun comes out,” sees Shakira focusing less on the Electro-Pop genre that defined She Wolf and, instead, returning to her musical roots; the same Rock-influenced beats and romantic lyrics that brought her to fame in Latin America almost fifteen years ago.
Opening song, “Sale el Sol,” for example, features the heavy guitar licks prominent throughout her sophomore album, ¿Dónde están los Ladrones? (Where are the Thieves?), while ballad “Antes de las Seis (Before Six O’Clock)” recalls the romantic lyrics that most of her debut album, Pies Descalzos (Bare Feet), was comprised of.
Although Sale el Sol is aimed primarily at the Spanish-speaking market, the album also includes English songs. The Merengue-influenced “Loca,” which features U.K. rapper, Dizzee Rascal, currently serves as the album’s lead single. In the song, Shakira professes that she’s “crazy, but you like it, ’cause the kind of girl like [her]-they’re running out of at the market.” A Spanish verson of the song, featuring Dominican rapper, “El Cata,” also exists. To see the videos for both versions of “Loca” visit the following links:
(Loca – English) www.youtube.com/watch
(Loca – Spanish) www.youtube.com/watch
For fans of Shakira’s 2005 hit, “Hips Don’t Lie,” this song is guaranteed to please. Like the record-breaking song, “Loca” incorporates just enough Spanish words for the average American to sing along to and feel cool without becoming overwhelmed or offended.
Other treats included on the album are the song “Waka, Waka (This Time for Africa)”, which served as the official anthem for the 2010 World Cup, a cover of U.K. indie band, The XX’s song, “Islands,” and guest collaborations by Cuban rapper, Pitbull and Residente of Puerto Rican Reggaetón band, Calle 13, on the songs “Rabiosa (Rabid)” and “Gordita (Chubby Girl),” respectively.
While Sale el Sol proves to be an album that is retrospective of Shakira’s early musical career-one that Shakira’s long-time fans will appreciate most-the Colombian superstar has proven time after time that her albums are not so one-dimensional; her music has a bit of everything to offer to everyone. Sale el Sol finds Shakira re-visiting the old ingredients of her music to create a new and exciting recipe; it will prove to satisfy old fans while reeling in new ones, Spanish-speaking or not.