Album review: Shakira - 'She Wolf'
A pop phenomenon that bites back
7 / 10
Simply churning out average pop will not do these days. That’s why Sugababes
’ recent spot of shapeshifting was no big boo-hoo; they’ve been dull as fuck for years. Imagine that last atrocity, ‘Get Sexy’
, rubbing up against the bonkers, genre-bending anthems of Gaga
and this little lady. The shame of it! You see, eccentricity is a must when it comes to pop music, and Shakira
has it by the bucketload. So we’re pleased to report that her third English-sung studio effort is as nutty as ever; combining Neptunes-esque beats with flamenco, post-punk riffs, synths, Arabian strings, gongs and disco. And then there’s the lyrics; one minute Shaki’s a ‘Spy’
, the next a ‘She Wolf’
howling in a, umm, closet. Just nod and smile.