Laundry Service

Laundry Service

by Shakira
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Laundry Service

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.

Product Details

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


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

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.