Song of the Day #2,389: ‘La Bicicleta’ – Shakira & Carlos Vives

Shakira might have lost in ugly fashion to The Beatles in Montauk Madness, but at least she has a hit album on her hands. El Dorado (which translates to The Golden One) is the singer-songwriter’s ninth studio album, and the fourth straight to feature songs in both English and Spanish.

Though my understanding of Spanish is rusty to the point of non-existent, I have always been a bigger fan of Shakira’s work in her native tongue. Parts of her early English-language albums felt more like calculated attempts to expand her audience rather than organic artistic statements. But as that audience has grown, I love that she now jumps between languages when it fits the song and not the marketing plan. Continue reading

Song of the Day #3,258: ‘Chantaje’ – Shakira vs. The Beatles

I can’t pretend there’s any suspense in the penultimate Round One matchup in Montauk Madness. As much as I enjoy Shakira’s work, especially in her native Spanish, she ain’t putting up a fight against The Beatles.

Of course there is no shame in losing to the Fab Four. And this blog post led me to the discovery that Shakira just released a new album, El Dorado, which I promptly downloaded. So it’s really a win for her.

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