Shakira 'El Dorado' Review: Average Album With Lack Of Concept, More Like Guest Artist Compilation [LISTEN]

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Shakira has released "Me enamoré," the second single out of her highly anticipated album. Getty Images

Shakira’s new album “El Dorado” is out and despite all the expectations with her 11th LP, this time the Colombian singer didn’t surprise at all.

After listening to the awaited material, we have to wonder where’s the creative artist we used to love back in the “Pies Descalzos,” or even “Laundry Service” days? It’s hard to admit “El Dorado” seems to be a forced compilation of featuring songs we have already listened plus five other not-so-great new tracks. 

Yes, we love “Chantaje” featuring Maluma, also “La Bicicleta” with Carlos Vives and even “Me Enamoré,” her latest single before the album came out. But, is there anything else to expect? The answer: no.

Shakira Shakira has released "Me enamoré," the second single out of her highly anticipated album. Getty Images

On this album we won’t find wise lyrics (except on “Amarillo”), there is no surprise effect, no interesting sounds or creative concept behind. “El Dorado” has nothing to do with well-created LP’s like “Oral Fixation” and even “She Wolf.”

The new tracks she added are “What a Woman,” a modern repetitive song probably the most catchy from the new ones; “Perro Fiel” featuring Nicky Jam, a reggaeton piece very similar to Enrique Iglesias’  “Duele al Corazón” b but in a slower version; plus “Coconut Tree” and “Toneladas,” this last one a classic pop ballad with no coda but one of the best titles along with “Amarillo,” an up-tempo pop track with a great verse and playful chorus.

Shakira started the works of this new LP back in 2016 when she posted various photos while in studio writing and creating new songs. We really hope there's something else coming after this. 

Shakira has never been away from her fans since she's always collaborating with new artists, keeping her career as fresh as possible. Being a guest artist of another singer is nothing wrong but we really wish we had listened to plenty new music from our Latin sensation this time around. 

Listen to the tracks and tell us your opinion below.

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