Love, motherhood, rock roots, a dab of country here, a drop of reggae there, and of course, Latin dance rhythms. Shakira's "Shakira," her first studio album in four years, may at first blush sound as if it could be a disparate affair, but instead, it's a cohesive, organic set, with roots that lie mostly in melodic pop-rock and unexpected touches from multiple influences. There's not much Latin-ness to be found here (despite two tracks in Spanish: "Loca por ti" and the Spanish version of "Can't Remember to Forget You"), but it doesn't matter. The album works on the strength of the songs.
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Indeed, Shakira's last two English-language sets so prominently featured her suggestive, uptempo dance fare that her origins as a pop/rock singer-songwriter -- one with a fine appreciation for melody and even finer appreciation for expressive lyrics -- got lost. "Shakira" is a much finer piece of work, the bulk of which is widely divergent from the sound and message of first single "Can't Remember to Forget You."