Sound: American electro pop with flavors from around the world (Latin, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Indian) created by some of this decade’s biggest hitmakers (Pharell Williams produces 4 tracks, while Wyclef Jean and Timbaland contributed a track each. Plus, The Bravery’s Sam Endicott co-writes two songs).
Heavy Rotation tracks: “She Wolf” (Top 20 Songs of 2009 Candidate); “Long Time”; “Men In This Town”; “Spy” featuring Wyclef Jean
Medium Rotation tracks: “Why Wait”; “Gypsy”; “Good Stuff”
Recommended: Shakira’s over-the-top, sex-crazed wackiness is always attention-grabbing and entertaining (even if you’re chuckling and thinking “what a nut” at the same time). Matching her up with this cast of top-notch songwriters and producers makes for some pretty compelling pop music. Exotic sounds, strong melodies and creative lyrics abound on She Wolf.
Grade: A- (Top 20 Albums of 2009 Candidate)