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Colombian pop star Shakira has been tagged the Latin American Alanis Morrissette since she appeared on the international scene with her bestselling PIES DESCALZOS, thanks as much to the signature catch in her strident vocals as to her sultry looks. And Shakira doesn't put much distance between herself and Alanis with an "acoustic" album from her MTV appearance that echoes ALANIS UNPLUGGED. But compared to most of the manufactured stars of the farandula -- as the vast Spanish-speaking entertainment zone from Miami to Buenos Aires is known -- there are worse contemporaries for Shakira to be lumped in with. Writing all her own material, she takes charge on strummy Natalie...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Colombian pop star Shakira has been tagged the Latin American Alanis Morrissette since she appeared on the international scene with her bestselling PIES DESCALZOS, thanks as much to the signature catch in her strident vocals as to her sultry looks. And Shakira doesn't put much distance between herself and Alanis with an "acoustic" album from her MTV appearance that echoes ALANIS UNPLUGGED. But compared to most of the manufactured stars of the farandula -- as the vast Spanish-speaking entertainment zone from Miami to Buenos Aires is known -- there are worse contemporaries for Shakira to be lumped in with. Writing all her own material, she takes charge on strummy Natalie Merchant-style pop rock like "Inevitable" as well as on the rare Latin number "Ciega, Sordomuda" featuring guest mariachis Los Mora Arriaga. MTV UNPLUGGED's 11 tracks draw heavily - a full 8 songs - from her big hit DONDE ESTAN LOS LADRONES, and the lavish orchestrations are not technically acoustic there's enough Hammond organ and amplified guitar. But with tasteful violin, piano, and accordion accompaniment, the subdued sound gives Shakira plenty of room to stretch out her considerable pipes. Fans will certainly appreciate this consummate performance, and those who want to catch the next Latin star before her breakthrough English-language album are advised to plug into Shakira.
All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The acoustic-oriented performances one hears on the show MTV Unplugged have a nice way of separating the men from the boys and the women from the girls. When artists go acoustic -- or at least semi-acoustic -- on that program, they can't hide behind decibels and amps or try to win you over with volume for the sake of volume. They become exposed and vulnerable, which is a good thing if they have solid material, strong vocals, and genuine talent to offer -- although it isn't so good if they are lacking in those areas. Shakira, not surprisingly, emerged triumphant when she appeared on MTV Unplugged, and this 2000 release is a fine document of that appearance. Mainly performing songs from 1999's Dónde Están los Ladrones?, Shakira demonstrates that she doesn't need studio gloss to sound great. Are her studio albums full of slickness and studio gloss? Absolutely. But ultimately, the thing that does the most to enrich Dónde Están los Ladrones? and 2001's Laundry Service isn't the albums' shiny, attractive production -- it is great vocals and great songwriting. "Si Te Vas," "Moscas en la Casa," "No Creo," and other Latin pop
ock gems lose nothing when Shakira unplugs; in fact, the Columbian vocalist really shines in an intimate, acoustic-oriented live setting. This more intimate environment tends to isolate the lyrics, which is certainly a plus when Shakira is performing something as poetic as the Arabic-influenced "Ojos Así." Of course, those who don't speak Spanish won't be discussing the lyrics of "Ojos Así" or any of the other tracks; this CD preceded Shakira's first English-language effort, Laundry Service, and came at a time when she was still recording in Spanish exclusively. But regardless of whether or not one understands Spanish, MTV Unplugged is an excellent live album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969470725
  • Catalog Number: 94707

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro/Octavo Día (6:19)
  2. 2 Si Te Vas (3:40)
  3. 3 Dónde Están los Ladrones (3:30)
  4. 4 Moscas en la Casa (3:52)
  5. 5 Ciega, Sordomuda (4:09)
  6. 6 Inevitable (3:39)
  7. 7 Estoy Aquí (4:58)
  8. 8 (5:22)
  9. 9 Sombra de Ti (4:07)
  10. 10 No Creo (4:08)
  11. 11 Ojos Así (6:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shakira Primary Artist, Vocals
Donna Allen Background Vocals, Coro
Tim Mitchell Guitar, 12-string Guitar, E-bow, Mandoline
Rita Quintero Background Vocals, Coro
Albert Sterling Menendez Piano, Accordion, Hammond Organ, Claves, Wurlitzer
Ricardo Suarez Bass, Double Bass, Bajo Licencia
George Noriega Guitar, Background Vocals, Coro
Ben Peeler Dobro, Mandolin, Bazouki, Lap Steel Guitar, Mandoline
Luis Fernando Ochoa Guitar
Brendan Buckley Percussion, Snare Drums, Bateria
Pedro Alfonso Violin
Albert Menedez Piano
Technical Credits
Scott Canto Engineer
Emilio Estefan Jr. Executive Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Lester Mendez Composer
Tim Mitchell Arranger, Producer
Marcelo Añez Engineer
Sebastián Krys Engineer
Sean Murphy Producer
Shakira Composer, Composer
Dillon O'Brian Composer
Adam Blackburn Engineer
Pablo Flores Composer
Javier Garza Composer
Ron Jaramillo Art Direction
Luis Fernando Ochoa Composer
Estefano Salgado Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shakira Rocks!

    Never have I been blown away by an live album as much as I have by Shakira's MTV Unplugged album. Shakira's strong voice is allowed to reach new heights with the help of the many acoustics on the album. I was completely mesmorized by her version of ''tu.'' Five stars all the way...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This chick's deeeep!

    Hola hola! For any one out there who's looking to get a taste of Shakira,en espanol, her MTV Unplugged CD is the way to go. It's absolutely amazing! For such a young musician, Shakira shows wisdom and depth in her lyrics that extend way beyond her years. The brief commentary that she does between songs gives you insight on what a spiritual person she is. Her lyrics are intense and reflect her confidence and strength not only as a musician but as a person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a shakira must

    This album rocks - if you're a new Shakira fan and want to hear some of her best Spanish songs, look no further. The raw sound of acoustic guitars, harmonica and organ only help her voice shine. You won't be disappointed, i promise...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Super Live Album

    Another gem from a wonderful girl! God bless talent as it shines forth in a few special human beings. And thank those with enough savvy and monetary desire to distribute them!

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