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on 6 December 2011
For anyone who didn't get to one of the handful of UK concerts that Shakira gave last December (or whose hopes of doing so were frustrated by the atrocious weather back then), this blu-ray/dvd is a fine compensation, with the queen of latin pop/rock singing and dancing her heart out for the audience. Filmed over two nights in Paris last June, it has some great highlights, notably the stunning, theatrical acoustic set comprising a cover of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters"/ "Despedida"/flamenco dance/"Gipsy" and a tremendous version of "Ojos Asi". For anyone who doesn't already know, compared to the other female performers with whom she's often bracketed by the media, Shakira has a great voice, a natural dancer's agility and grace that generally put the competition in the shade, and has better songs.

Praise aside, it would have been nice if she'd done more material from the Sale El Sol album (I would have loved to have heard "Devocion" and "Mariposas" live). The dvd production is generally good, but does leave a bit to be desired because of its irritating habit of slowing down the film for a few seconds now and then; this affectation merely serves to dispel momentarily the illusion of being there and slightly detracts from the drama on occasions (e.g. Shakira's "death" when she sinks to the floor at the end of her flamenco routine). For some reason it particularly afflicts "Las de la intuicion". The introductions of the band members have also been excised. The bonus features are short pieces that have mostly featured in the tour blogs on Shakira's official website - there's nothing here as interesting or substantial as the documentary about her philanthropic work that was included on the Oral Fixation Tour dvd, and overall perhaps this performance doesn't quite transcend the vastness of the venue with the same intimacy that the previous dvd achieved.

But these are only minor quibbles. Buy this for a blast of latin warmth, colour and sensuality that will enable you completely to banish for a while any thoughts of the bankers, the euro-zone and associated doom-and-gloom mongers.
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on 6 December 2011
This is Shakira's fourth live DVD, so you may wonder whether she can add something new to the series, but as someone who knows the first three by heart I can reassure you that the new offering is a combination of the reassuringly familiar with the new and inventive.

Very familiar and mostly unchanged are the songs at the hard core of her repertoire from the 90s albums Pies descalzos and Donde estan los ladrones. As far as I can tell, she hasn't changed a note in her own favourite, Inevitable, since the MTV unplugged concert, and Si te vas, and Ciega sordomuda are similarly steadfast reminders of the good old days.

A lovely new feature is the medley made of A'tini al-Nay (an Arabic song she used to sing as a child), the Metallica cover Nothing else matters, and her own Despedida from the Love in the times of cholera soundtrack. Travel around the world in just a few minutes. Within the same "acoustic" setting is a much-improved version of Gipsy.

Since I saw the show at Paris in December 2010, she added a French song (Je l'aime a mourir by Francis Cabrel) and switched a few more of her announcements to French, which is a nice touch.

The DVD with 99 minutes of concert footage and 20 mins "behind the scenes" extras is perfect as always. Note that this edition is DVD only and does not include the CD. The CD+DVD pack has its UK release a week later:Live from Paris(The CD contains as much of the concert as fits on a single audio CD, which means a couple of songs (Si te vas, Gordita) were dropped, and the A'tini al-Nay snippet was cut too.)

Her last words on the concert recordings are "a la prochaine" (until the next time), so I'm looking forward to the next tour and DVD ...
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on 23 April 2016
VIDEO:

Her highly acclaimed, sold-out "The Sun Comes Out" Worldwide Tour kicked off in the fall of 2010 in Montreal, and concluded just weeks ago in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The tour consisted of 112 shows in 42 countries and more than 100 cities around the world, with an estimated audience of over two million people. Following the culmination of her tour, Shakira released Live In Paris concert, filmed at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy on June 13 and 14, 2011, and arrived on blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080i 1.78:1 encode. The video is very pleasing with lots of details, like her individual blonde hair strands. It captured the mood and the soul of the concert. Blacks are inky. Colours are very vibrant, like the pink dress that she wore during the entrance - it simply pops off the screen. (5/5)

AUDIO:

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track really rocks and well recorded, putting you into the middle of the concert (in the front row of course). Her voice is pure and sweet. She even plays a killer harmonica. The bass is very tight. The singing and dialogue are very clearly defined. The individual instruments are clearly heard. The whole band is great, whether playing rock and roll, or acousticly during Despedida and Gypsy. A totally enjoyable rocking soundtrack. (5/5)

CONCERT:

From this concert, you simply feel that Shakira (full name: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll) really cares about her fans, reaching out to her audience, hugging and taking pictures with them during her entrance, thus thoroughly controlling the mood and flow of the concert. She is the catalyst that makes the firework explode in her audience. She sings (no lip-sync here) and dances from start to finish. Her individual control of muscles in different parts of her body is simply jaw-dropping. The four girls that she chose from the audience during the song Whenever Wherever were not bad either. As another reviewer aptly said and I quote: "She also flawlessly reminds us why the sun comes out, when she's around. This gorgeous 34 year old woman from Barranquilla, Columbia, packs the power of the sun not only in her voice but her soul as well." And I totally agree. She can rock if she wants to. In the acoustic segment, to see her dance the flamingo barefooted is worth the price of admission. She sang 21 songs and the concert was 99 minutes long. Time simply flies by. Her choice of songs was spread out from her past albums, from Laundry Service to The Sun Comes Out. The only notable omission is Beautiful Liar, her duet with Beyonce and Objection (Tango). Great concert. (5/5)

SONG LISTING:

Pienso En Ti (Pies Descalzos)
Why Wait (She Wolf)
Te Dejo Madrid (Laundry Service)
Si Te Vas (Grandes Exitos)
Whenever, Wherever (Laundry Service)
Inevitable (Grandes Exitos)
Nothing Else Matters (new)/Despedida (Love In the Time Of Cholera OST)
Gypsy (Gypsy)
La Tortura (Fijacion Oral Volume 1)
Ciega Sordomuda (Grandes Exitos)
Underneath Your Clothes (Laundry Service)
Gordita (The Sun Comes Out)
Sale El Sol (The Sun Comes Out)
Las De La Intuicion (Fijacion Oral Volume 1)
Loca (The Sun Comes Out)
She Wolf (She Wolf)
Ojos Asi (Grandes Exitos)
Antes de Las Seis (The Sun Comes Out)
Je L'aime A mourir (new)
Hips Don't Lie (Oral Fixation Volume 2)
Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)(The Sun Comes Out)

ACHIEVEMENTS:

Following the end of her world tour, she was officially appointed to a key administrative post on President Barack Obama's Advisory Commission for Hispanic Educational Excellence. In November, she was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Recording and was also chosen as "The 2011 Person of the Year" by the Latin Recording Academy, during the 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This latest concert by Shakira shows that why besides being a great singer and dancer, she is also an all consummate entertainer. You can tell she really cares and devotes herself to her audience. Her position as our Latin Princess is well established, because her Hips Don't Lie. I normally prefer studio recordings, but Shakira is one of the exception. To really capture the soul of her song, you have to see her live, combining the visual impact along with her beautiful voice! It really brings the appreciation to another higher level. One of the best concerts this year. Highly recommended.
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on 8 April 2012
The best DVD by Shakira so far...recorded over 2 nights in Paris,...superbly directed, showing her amazing dancing skills, and songs, and incredible rapport with the audience. All the usual favourites, plus a few 'newbies'...'Gypsy' is a delight, and the empathy with her devoted fans can be seen on the inevitable 'Wherever, Forever' where four lucky girls are plucked from the audience to shake their booty with Shakira....no surprise as to who is the best. A lovely, genuine, and quite touching moment. Great finish with 'Waka Waka' amd 'Hips Don't Lie' surely one of her finest.....I defy anyone to watch this and not feel HAPPY....and want to play it again...and again. A breath of fresh air.
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on 7 January 2012
Energetic Shakira!!! love it!

First thing to set up if you have the bluray version is the AUDIO. When you just play the blu straight away, it defaults to stereo only (at least on my sony player). Digging deep into the main menu setup, there is also a Dolby Digital and DTS MAster setting. The DTS is the best of the bunch.

Performance wise, Shaki is very energetic, but I was expecting move dance moves from her as her dance steps become monotonous as the concert progressed. 50% of her songs I don't understand and never heard before, of course I can't understand Spanish so that is my problem.

Let me repeat, select DTS HD Master Audio !!!

Good entertainment overall!!!
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on 27 May 2013
She has the voice of an angel, a lovely personality and so versatile not only with her diversity of song styles but also her dancing.
Lovely instrumentation backing and all round a great live show. This would appeal to any music lover.
I highly recommend it as a wise purchase. I bought mine after renting from Lovefilm-couldnt bring myself to send rental back without buying a copy for myself!
Happy listening.
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on 21 July 2012
Fifty plus years of listening to all sorts of music.Some brilliant, some good, a hell of a lot bad, but this one absolutly blew me away!
If Shakira keeps on going like this I wont have to buy anything else.
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on 13 January 2015
Gods gift to the world gives a present to paris. This is undoubtedly her best concert dvd because she sings songs
to suit all tastes and people.
She hasnt quite got the body of
a bellydancer but we all like someone who tries .Visually and vocally stunning production.Look forward to her next offering. Je suis shakira!
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on 24 February 2014
Of course Shakira has a brilliant voice and live she can be as great if not better than on cd. Further, there is lots of songs presented and this of course adds to the value for money. However, the picture quality is not all that good, the sound quality at times is really poor and the sound-mix in places is at best odd. There are certainly better live performances on the web.
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on 26 March 2012
Just received this blu-ray and all i can say is that shakira is still the "whole package" artist. She sings, she dances, she knows how to make a show.
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