After five Spanish-language albums (including MTV Unplugged), Colombian pop/rock diva Shakira makes her English-language debut with the vibrant Laundry Service.

After five Spanish-language albums (including MTV Unplugged), Colombian pop/rock diva Shakira makes her English-language debut with the vibrant Laundry Service. Like her last two studio albums (Pies Descalzos and Dónde Están Los Ladrones?), Laundry Service finds the 24-year-old artist unafraid of merging musical flavors; don't be surprised to hear elements of new wave (the feisty "Rules"), Middle Eastern (the exotic "Eyes Like Yours [Ojos Así]"), Brazilian (first single "Whenever, Wherever," penned by Shakira, Gloria Estefan, and Tim Mitchell), B-52's-styled tango ("Objection [Tango]"), and dance (the disco-laced "Ready for the Good Times") sprinkled throughout the set. While some of these excursions work better than others, the vocally gifted Shakira absolutely shines on the Led Zeppelin-inflected ballad "The One"—co-penned by Glen Ballard—and the raucous "Te Dejo Madrid," one of four Spanish-language songs included.—MP

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