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Shakira's finest moment by far.
on 30 July 2006
Listening to this album makes me despair at the timidity of mainstream British radio and music television. By outright refusing to play anything in any other language than English, they have missed out on a real treat.
Shakira may be best known here in the UK for her English language hits "Whenever Wherever", "Underneath Your Clothes", "Hips Don't Lie" etc., but it is when she sings in her native Spanish that she really shines as an artist. The lyrics that frequently sound awkward in English sound poetic in Spanish, and her delivery is generally stronger and more confident.
Dónde Están los Ladrones (Where are the Thieves) is probably Shakira's finest moment yet - I say probably as I haven't heard Pies Descalzos or her impossible-to-find earlier material yet. But it is musically superior and more interesting than either of her English language albums, and it outshines Fijación Oral too.
Highlights of the album include the powerful, guitar-driven ballad "Inevitable", the title track, "No Creo (I Don't Believe)", "Ciega, Sordomuda (Deaf, Dumb and Blind)" and "Moscas En La Casa (Flies in the House)".
This release includes two bonus tracks - Shakira's early hit "Estoy Aquí (I Am Here)" (a slightly different version to that found on her greatest hits), and a remix of the single "Ojos Así (Eyes Like Those)". Although these are a pleasant addition to the album, they do not justify buying it again if you already have the version without bonus tracks, as the remixes are very similar to the original versions.
If you really enjoy this album, it may be worth considering buying Shakira's MTV Unplugged album too - she performs every song from this album with the exception of "Que Vuelvas". The performances on the unplugged album often vary quite widely from the versions here, so it is a fresh take on the same material.