‘Coco’, el filme de Shakira shines on ‘El Dorado’

Some releases are statement albums, some are merely collections of songs.

Shakira’s new “El Dorado” is the latter, a solid hodgepodge of trendy and classic tracks, mostly in Spanish but with some English included, from a talented music veteran who doesn’t have anything to prove.

“El Dorado” kicks off with “Me Enamore” (“I Fell in Love”), already a hit on Billboard’s Latin chart, as Shakira channels her real-life romance with Spanish soccer star Gerard Pique into a playful bouncy pop context infused with electronica. On the flipside, she indulges in fantasy on the duet “Chantaje” (“Blackmail”), also already a hit on Billboard’s Latin chart, as the 40-year-old singer plays cougar to 23-year-old fellow Colombian vocalist Maluma, sensually cooing “pretty boy” at him in a swirl of fashionable reggaeton.

The two don’t recapture their mojo later on a second duet, “Trap,” which is alternately hypnotic and uneventful and abruptly fades out. But Prince Royce is a perfect fit for her in the salsa-flavored percussive delight “Déjà Vu.”

Other singing partners on “El Dorado” don’t match as well with Shakira: Nicky Jam is too strident for her dulcet tone on “Perro Fiel” (“Faithful Dog”), and Carlos Vives isn’t as dexterous as she is on “La Bicicleta” (“The Bicycle”). Plus two versions of “Comme Moi” – in French with Black M and English with Magic! – both strike out.

Ultimately “El Dorado,” which is also highlighted by the lulling romantic escape of “Coconut Tree” and the gorgeous piano-based closer “Toneladas,” is dominated by enjoyable songs that fully engage in the moment yet are easily forgotten once they end.

La presentación mundial del disco ha tenido lugar en Miami donde la artista ha derrochado talento al lado de Nicky Jam, uno de sus colaboradores, con el que ha interpretado su tema ‘Perro Fiel’, según informa ‘Europa Press’.

El nuevo álbum de Shakira cuenta con 13 canción que incluyen sus últimos éxitos ‘Me Enamoré’, ‘Chantaje’, ‘Deja vu’ y ‘La Bicicleta’.

Estos temas se suman a otras canciones como ‘Nada’, ‘Amarillo’, ‘Perro Fiel’ junto a Nicky Jam, ‘Trap’ con Maluma, ‘Comme moi’ con el francés Black M, y ‘Toneladas’. El disco también incluye tres canciones en inglés: ‘When a Woman’, ‘Coconut Tree’ y ‘What We Said’.

‘El Dorado’ fusiona estilos como la bachata, el reggaeton, el vallenato, el pop y las baladas.

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