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Shakira Unplugged - Simply amazing.,
This review is from: Shakira MTV Unplugged (Audio CD)
In terms of the tracks included on the CD, this is really a 'live take' on Shakira's magnificent 1999 studio album 'Dónde Están Los Ladrones'. It loses nothing for this comparison, which merely serves to prove that the brilliance of 'Dónde' had nothing to do with slick production values. Although a live recording can never be the same as actually being there, this CD certainly shows that Shakira makes the grade performing live - and then some.
If you like 'Dónde' buy this! If you are only acquainted with the album "Laundry Service", but have ever wondered what Shakira might sound like live, or indeed what her earlier work has to offer, then at the very least you should try to beg or borrow it.
It is invidious to pick highlights because this album is uniformly excellent, and also difficult to review because all the tracks are familiar from "Dónde"!
I will not even attempt to review all the tracks on this album, but I will try to explain how I feel five of the tracks differ from the studio versions.
·Octavo Día: Not really a standout track on "Dónde" for me, but the live version is somehow more compelling and powerful, and a perfect lead into this album.
·Moscas en la Casa: A favourite of mine since I first heard it on "Donde". The live version has a guitar part that reminds me of something Mark Knopfler might have conjured up in his heyday. Thinking about it, he was another who broke the mould and combined various sounds and influences while sticking to a guitar-led format, and a writer of many superb narrative songs. (Whatever your thoughts on that particular subject, don't let it put you off this album!)
·Ciega, Sordomuda: Nothing is sacred! The track that launches "Dónde" so effectively sounds very different here. You'll recognize it, but I think that you will also agree that Shakira is not just content to just sing 'from the album'. Luckily she seems able to reinterpret her songs effortlessly.
·Estoy Aquí: Originally a track from "Pies Descalzos" (1997), it also appears again on "Donde", but this time it gets an impressive overhaul. I liked the original, but this is the 'big surprise' of the album for me. Stunning!
·Inevitable: Not too far removed from the version on "Donde", though the instrumental accompaniment is perhaps rather more prominent (the audience participation certainly is!), but Shakira's voice (she accompanies on acoustic guitar) is still the defining influence. Live or otherwise, it is her lyric that makes 'Inevitable' so remarkable.
In choosing these five tracks I have failed to mention other songs just as good. You'll just have to listen to all of them.