Laundry Service [Japan]

Laundry Service [Japan]

by Shakira
     
 

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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… See more details below

Overview

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
UPC:
4547366004977
catalogNumber:
93
Rank:
382930

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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   Percussion
Armand Garabedian   Violin
Julio Hernandez   Bass
Peter Kent   Violin
Abraham Laboriel   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   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   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
Kevin Dillon   Studio Coordinator
Freddy Piñero   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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