Shakira's 1996 debut album, Pies Descalzos set the stage for one of the international community's most celebrated and exciting stars. The album took a while to gain momentum, but once it did, the young chanteuse ascended to dizzying commercial heights that were only magnified with her more electrifying later releases. The more tranquil Pies Descalzos, however, finds the young singer/songwriter balancing heartfelt, earnest ballads (such as "Te Necesito") with catchy, jangly pop
ock. The album opens with the infectious and melodic pop
ocker "Estoy Aqui" and continues with the ballad "Antologia" before breaking into the dancehall-lite of "Un Poco de Amor." As can be seen from the diversity of the material, Shakira seems to still be finding her own voice, but the results are nonetheless engaging. Other highlights include the catchy "Se Quiere Se Mata," "Donde Estas Corazon," and the cool, jazzy "Te Espero Sentada," which unfortunately loses momentum during the chorus. All in all, Pies Descalzos is a solid debut from a young artist who was still evolving and would later further fulfill her artistic potential.
Performance CreditsShakira Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer,Coros
Jose Garcia Bass,Bajo Sexto
Jose Gaviria Background Vocals,Coros
Camilo Montilla Piano
Luis Fernando Ochoa Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Coros,Bajos
Howard Glassfor Guitar,Vocals
Eusebio Valderrama Trumpet
Gonzo Vasquez Drums,Timbales,Background Vocals,Shaker,Coros,Pandereta
Alejandro Gomez Harmonica
Andrea Piñeros Background Vocals,Coros
Nacho Pilonieta Bass,Bajo Sexto
Samuel Torres Percussion
Technical CreditsVictor DiPersia Engineer
Alvaro Farfan Director,Direction
Camilo Montilla Engineer
Luis Fernando Ochoa Programming,Producer,Engineer
Patricia Bonilla Photo Montage
Felipe Dothe Graphic Design
Javier Hincapie Graphic Design
Gonzo Vasquez Programming
Sonido Azulado Engineer
Gonzalo Vásquez Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoy listen to sharika song are full of power, love, and most of all she is original her music is great. I love her music. Joseph Alvarez California
It's great music, you can dance to it, and I can sing 'Estoy Aqui' in Portuguese!
Shakira's third album is perfect. with such powerful tracks as "Vuelve", "Pies Descalzos," and "Estoy Aqui", this album is a perfect addition to any Cd collection. A must have!
Shakira has it going on, I love her style and I know you will too, it makes you want to get up to sing and dance. Her songs are so true too, you can compare to them. Even if you people out there don't know Spanish I know you'll like her CD.