Laundry Service

Laundry Service

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by Shakira
     
 

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Colombian pop rocker Shakira has been primed for U.S. stardom since her riveting TV performance at 2000's Latin Grammys, and Laundry Service is the kind of assured, eclectic English-language debut that can only further the cause. The 24-year-old beauty's strengths are right up front: "Objection" delivers a snarlingly Alanis-like vocal, peppered with an exotic

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Colombian pop rocker Shakira has been primed for U.S. stardom since her riveting TV performance at 2000's Latin Grammys, and Laundry Service is the kind of assured, eclectic English-language debut that can only further the cause. The 24-year-old beauty's strengths are right up front: "Objection" delivers a snarlingly Alanis-like vocal, peppered with an exotic tango accordion and surf guitars, and a tough feminist perspective propelled by a surging carnival rhythm familiar from hits by Ricky Martin and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs. Rather than indulge the processed hip-pop of her Latin crossover compatriots Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez, Shakira keeps arrangements muscular and rocking, quoting U2, the Cure, the Rolling Stones, and the Beatles while dropping in Andean pan pipes and charango, as on the powerhouse single "Whenever, Wherever." This, as well as her dense, literate lyrics, defies stereotypical expectations for this tropical star. But Shakira has forged her Spanish-language career upon hardheaded, inconoclastic decisions. One of these, the Arabic-flavored smash "Ojos Así" which Shakira performed on the Grammy broadcast, is reprised here as "Eyes like Yours" and retains every drop of its exotic exuberance. Surprisingly enough, Shakira's lyrics survive and thrive in translation. Always a poetic lyricist, she devoted herself to learning English well enough to write in it, and "Fool" and "Poem to a Horse" neatly capture her offbeat imagery and wordy rhymes. Perhaps the greatest testimony to her diligence is that the Spanish tracks on Laundry Service, including versions en español of "Objection" and "Wherever," segue seamlessly into the mix. Fans of Latin rock have yearned for an artist capable of translating the music's unique charms to a greater audience -- with Laundry Service, Shakira is set to make such dreams come true.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The Latin pop and rock en español fields are full of talented artists who would probably be huge in the English-language market if they didn't sing in Spanish exclusively. Some non-Spanish-speaking listeners don't mind listening to lyrics they don't understand -- the beat and the melody are enough for them -- but many others insist on understanding every word that is coming out of an artist's mouth. Thus, Latin stars usually don't cross over to English-speaking audiences until they start singing in English, which is what Shakira does on 2001's Laundry Service. "Whenever, Wherever," this album's infectious lead single, is to Shakira what "Livin' la Vida Loca" was to Ricky Martin: the major hit that brought her to English-speaking audiences in a big way. For Shakira, singing and writing in mostly English was no doubt a challenge -- Spanish, after all, is the Colombian star's primary language. But it's a challenge that she handles impressively well. Shakira, it turns out, sings quite convincingly in English -- and her creativity is at a high level on melodic, hooky pop
ock like "Rules" and "Ready for the Good Times." Like Shakira's Spanish-language albums, this self-produced CD is enjoyably eclectic; she successfully combines pop
ock with everything from tango on "Objection" and Andean music on "Whenever, Wherever" to Middle Eastern music on "Eyes Like Yours" (which contains lyrics by Gloria Estefan and is an English translation of Shakira's late-'90s smash, "Ojos Así"). While nine of Laundry Service's 13 tracks are in English, four are in Spanish (including Spanish translations of "Whenever, Wherever" and "Objection"). And by including these four tracks, Shakira seems to be assuring her Spanish-speaking fans that she hasn't abandoned them. Dónde Están los Ladrones? remains Shakira's most essential album, but Laundry Service is an excellent English-language debut for the South American vocalist.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2001
Label:
Epic Europe
UPC:
5099749872028
catalogNumber:
4987202

Tracks

  1. Objection  -  Shakira
  2. Underneath Your Clothes  -  Shakira
  3. Whenever, Wherever  -  Shakira
  4. Rules  -  Shakira
  5. The One  -  Shakira
  6. Ready for the Good Times  -  Shakira
  7. Fool  -  Shakira
  8. Te Dejo Madrid  -  Shakira
  9. Poem To a Horse  -  Shakira
  10. Que Me Quedes Tú  -  Shakira
  11. Eyes Like Yours  -  Shakira
  12. Suerte  -  Shakira
  13. Te Aviso, Te Anuncio  -  Shakira

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shakira   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Background Vocals
Pablo Aslan   Acoustic Bass
Joe Barati   Tuba,Bass Trombone
Edwin Bonilla   Percussion
Paul Bushnell   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jorge Calandrelli   Piano
Ed Calle   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tony Concepcion   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Julio Hernandez   Bass
Abraham Laboriel   Drums
Lester Mendez   Keyboards
Tim Mitchell   Guitar,Mandolin
Archie Pena   Percussion
Tim Pierce   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Rita Quintero   Background Vocals
Brian Ray   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dana Teboe   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Tommy Anthony   Background Vocals
Jim Hacker   Trumpet,Piccolo Trumpet
George Noriega   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Richard Bravo   Percussion
Luis Fernando Ochoa   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Brendan Buckley   Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Adam Zimmon   Guitar
Hector del Curto   Bandoneon
Abe Laboriel   Drums
David Alsina   Bandoneon
Gustavo Patino   Charango,Quena,Rondador

Technical Credits

Terry Manning   Engineer
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger
Mike Couzzi   Engineer
Charles Dye   Engineer
Lester Mendez   Arranger,Producer
Tim Mitchell   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Shakira   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer
George Noriega   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Pablo Flores   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Javier Garza   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Luis Fernando Ochoa   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Gustavo Celis   Engineer
Brendan Buckley   Arranger,Producer
Alfred Figueroa   Engineer
Carlos Paucar   Engineer
Juan Carlos Rodriguez   Engineer
Pat McCarthy   Engineer
Eric Schilling   Engineer
Ed Williams   Engineer

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Laundry Service 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've heard a few of the songs, and they are very good. I love ''Underneath Your Clothes''. It is so pretty. Suerte is incredible. My only complaint is that there is not enough Spanish Language material.