Laundry Service [Japan]

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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...
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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. [The Japanese edition features bonus material.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/21/2004
  • Label: Sony Japan
  • EAN: 4547366004977
  • Catalog Number: 93
  • Sales rank: 251,847

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Objection (3:43)
  2. 2 Underneath Your Clothes (3:45)
  3. 3 Whenever, Wherever (3:16)
  4. 4 Rules (3:40)
  5. 5 The One (3:43)
  6. 6 Ready for the Good Times (4:14)
  7. 7 Fool (3:51)
  8. 8 Te Dejo Madrid (3:07)
  9. 9 Poem to a Horse (4:09)
  10. 10 Que Me Quedes Tu (4:48)
  11. 11 Ojos Así (3:58)
  12. 12 Suerte (Whenever, Wherever) (3:16)
  13. 13 Te Aviso, Te Anuncio (Tango) (3:46)
  14. 14 Ojos Asi (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shakira Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Pablo Aslan Acoustic Bass
Joe Barati Tuba, Bass Trombone
Edwin Bonilla Percussion
Paul Bushnell Bass
Ed Calle Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
David Campbell Conductor
Tony Concepcion Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Larry Corbett Cello
Joel Derouin Violin, Concert Master
Emilio Estefan Jr. Percussion
Armand Garabedian Violin
Julio Hernandez Bass
Peter Kent Violin
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Drums
Lester Mendez Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Tim Mitchell Guitar, Mandolin
Archie Pena Percussion
Tim Pierce Guitar
Rita Quintero Background Vocals
Brian Ray Guitar
Dana Teboe Trombone, Bass Trombone
John Wittenberg Violin
Ken Yerke Violin
Daniel Smith Cello
Suzie Katayama Cello
Tommy Anthony Background Vocals
Jim Hacker Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet
George Noriega Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Richard Bravo Percussion
Luis Fernando Ochoa Guitar, Keyboards
Joe Zeytoonian Oud
Rudy Stein Cello
Brendan Buckley Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Gustavo Patiño Charango, Quena, Rondador
Adam Zimmon Guitar
Eve Butler Violin
Hector del Curto Bandoneon
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums
David Alsina Bandoneon
Myriam Eli Percussion
Nicales W. Farhoury Background Vocals
Fadi Hardan Accordion, Background Vocals
Oussamah Karaki Background Vocals
Michelle Massad Oud
Jack Stamates Violin
Becky Bunnell Violin
Dan Tobin Smith Cello
Mario de León Violin
Technical Credits
Gloria Estefan Composer
Terry Manning Engineer
Glen Ballard Composer
Jorge Calandrelli Arranger, Piano Arrangement
David Campbell String Arrangements
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Mike Couzzi Engineer
Charles Dye Engineer
Emilio Estefan Jr. Executive Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Patrick McCarthy Engineer
Lester Mendez Arranger, Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Tim Mitchell Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Dave Reitzas Engineer
Camilo Valencia Horn Arrangements, Direction
Freddy DeMann Management
Shakira Arranger, Composer, Producer, Logo Design, Composer
Kevin Dillon Studio Coordinator
Freddy Piñero Jr. Engineer
George Noriega Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Pablo Flores Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Javier Garza Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Ron Jaramillo Art Direction
Luis Fernando Ochoa Arranger, Composer
Gustavo Celis Engineer
Steve Menezes Studio Coordinator
Dino Hermann Engineer
Brendan Buckley Arranger, Composer, Producer
Alfred Figueroa Engineer
Ed Williams Engineer
Carlos Paucar Engineer
Juan Carlos Rodriguez Engineer
Michelle Holme Graphic Design, Art Direction
Ligia Morris Assistant Art Director
Pat McCarthy Engineer
Eric Schilling Engineer
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