El Dorado

El Dorado

by Shakira


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Shakira used to unite her albums with a grand concept, but that inclination faded in the new millennium. Maybe it's a sign of the times, maybe it's a sign of lessened artistic ambition, but she's streamlined her albums so they're lithe, tight, and bilingual. El Dorado, arriving three years after a star-studded eponymous wannabe blockbuster, feels as if it exists on a much smaller scale than any of her previous albums, with the possible exception of the breezy Sale el Sol. Like that album, El Dorado sails by swiftly, but this 2017 record packs a lot of different moods in its 45 minutes. Shakira swaps out American celebrities like Blake Shelton and Rihanna -- the big cameos from her self-titled album -- in favor of international musical stars, finding places for Nicky Jam, Black M, Carlos Vives, Prince Royce, and two tracks with Maluma. This move alone suggests how El Dorado is anchored in Spanish-language songs: only three of the album's 13 tracks are sung in English, all three slickly produced adult pop. One of these songs -- "What We Said" -- is present in both languages, illustrating how the Spanish tracks aren't necessarily livelier even though all the danceable cuts are in Spanish. Throughout El Dorado, Shakira shifts slyly between these percolating electronic rhythms, old-fashioned balladeering, and glassy adult contemporary pop. The only thing absent from her bag of tricks is a bit of arena rock, but it's not missed because El Dorado feels coherent and mature in its understated -- but not boring -- control of mood.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/26/2017
Label: Sony U.S. Latin
UPC: 0889854445829
catalogNumber: 544458
Rank: 11050

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shakira   Primary Artist,Vocals,Voices,Harmony
Carlos Vives   Vocals
Luis Fernando Ochoa   Bass,Guitar,Piano
Andres Castro   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Daniel Luna   Guira
Raul Bier   Banjo
Steve Purcell   Bateria
Olgui Chirino   Harmony
Dave Clauss   Guitar,Voices,Silbato,Mezcla
Dennis Vargas   Rhythm Guitar
Julia Michaels   Background Vocals
Jean Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Chris Mercedes   Bass
Carlos Carbonell   Voices
Maluma   Voices
Gerardo Williams   Guitar
Tato Marenco   Flute
Saga WhiteBlack   Voices
Christian Camilo Peña   Accordion
Alvaro Marin   Electric Bass
Laura Andres   Piano

Technical Credits

Carlos Vives   Composer
Shakira   Composer,Producer
Luis Fernando Ochoa   Composer,Programming,Producer,Additional Production
Gustavo Celis   Engineer
Afo Verde   Executive Producer
Andres Castro   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Stephen McGregor   Additional Production
Jon Mills   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Nicky Jam   Producer
Justin Tranter   Composer
Olgui Chirino   Vocal Arrangements
Dave Clauss   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Drum Recordings
Manny Cruz   Composer
Daniel Santacruz   Composer
Nasri Atweh   Composer,Producer
Julia Michaels   Composer
Jean Rodriguez   Engineer
Geoffrey "Royce" Rojas   Composer,Producer
D'Lesly "Dice" Lora   Arranger,Producer
Rude Boyz   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Carlos Carbonell   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Pablo Fierro   Programming
Dany Synthé   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Rudy Bethancourt   Engineer
Luis Barrera   Engineer
Black M   Composer,Producer
Kurtis McKenzie   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Lincoln Castañeda   Engineer
Antonio Rayo Gibo   Composer
Maluma   Producer
Arcade   Producer
Magnus August Höiberg   Composer
Juan Luis Londoño   Composer
Rene Cano   Composer
Kevin Jimenez   Producer,Engineer,Additional Production
Cristhian Mena   Composer
Nick Rivera Caminero   Composer
Saga WhiteBlack   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Chan El Genío   Producer,Engineer,Additional Production
Bryan Snaider Lezcano Chaverra   Composer
Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin Quee   Producer,Additional Production
Andre Nascimbeni   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Kevin Mauricio Jimenez Londoño   Composer
Rayito Para Tailors   Producer
Joel Antonio Lopez Castro   Composer
Ray Charles Brown   Engineer
Redeyes   Engineer

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El Dorado 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great record. An amazing journey from beginning to end. It'll make you dream! Buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great record. An amazing journey from beginning to end. It'll make you dream! Buy it!