Btw, I'm going to direct this message at Shakira, because hopefully she might read it:
Ok, so the tour:
Well, I guess I'll start out by saying that although I've been a huge fan of yours since I was approximately 11 (so 10 years ago), I'd never actually been to one of your concerts before Sale el Sol. In fact, I'd never been to a concert before ever(well, nothing fancy). So, I was studying abroad in Costa Rica while you were touring in the US (Side note: you inspired me to learn Spanish when I was 11. Now I'm studying it in college and I'm pretty much fluent So, thanks for that!) Anyway, after I left Costa Rica I was missing it a lot, and it occurred to me that that and the fact that it was my 21st birthday might be excuses to fly back to Costa Rica with my best friend in the middle of the semester to see you in concert. So, the fact that it was my first concert ever along with the irresponsible adventure aspect may be biases that factored into me thinking it was absolutely awesome in pretty much every way. But yeah, I thought it was amazing. Actually, that's saying a lot, because I got food poisoning in line and spent the entire concert vomiting everywhere. Haha.
But anyway, the things I liked:
I loved that you sang "la despedida," because that's ...maybe the prettiest song I've ever heard. And probably my favorite song by you.
I also just loved the whole folksy segment in general - with la despedida, gitana, and nothing else matters. And the flamenco! Also, the belly dancing in Ojos Asi was amazing. I like it when you put your own twist on things, but I also really liked the authenticity of the belly dancing there. I
felt like, in general, you kept the whole show really classy and didn't go for any cheap moves. Obviously dancing sexy is something you're awesome at, but I think you're at your best when you're either A) doing something very interesting b/c it's an authentic form of traditional dance from some exotic part of the world or B ) doing something weird or creative with your dance moves (as in, maybe going for sexy but not the obvious sexy).
The interactive part, where you brought people up on stage to dance, was really cool. I was very jealous.
I also like the outfits - especially the "She wolf" pants with the tail. I thought that was funny.
And I also liked the Waka Waka, and how you introduced that song with African kids saying what they wanted to be when they grew up.
Ok, so the music:
I have more to say about this topic.
First of all, I just want to say that I've never been disappointed with any of your albums. In my opinion, they've all been consistently really good. I also love that they're each so unique, but there's some kind of common current that runs through each of them, that makes them all seem like Shakira albums, regardless of how different they are. I love that you're always trying new things but never completely diverge from some essential part of your music. Sale el Sol is the obvious example of that – how you tied together everything you'd done in the past but also added something new (merengue). Lots of your fans didn't like She Wolf, because it seemed too commercial, but even that had some essential Shakira stamps – like mixing sounds from the music of different cultures. Personally, I really like She Wolf for what it is (a fun dance-pop album), but I did think it was super commercial and didn't have much depth to it, and I'm glad Sale el Sol came after it.
Anyway, so that's how I feel about your music in general, but here are some ideas for the new album:
I absolutely love Ojos Asi, and I think you should do something like that again. Do you ever listen to Spanish music (as in, from Spain)? A lot of it is heavily influenced by Arabian-style music, which I'm sure you know. But you should check out the artists Bebe and Chambao, if you don't already know of them. Good songs by Bebe: Siempre me quedara, como los olivos, no mas llora, me fui, la bicha (there are a lot more than that, but those are my favorites). I think it would be so awesome if you collaborated with her on a song. Good songs by Chambao: comeme, dejame vivir, te la creio tu, pokito a poko. She's very similar to Bebe but I think her music is slightly more Arabian-flavored. It would also be really awesome if you collaborated with Manu Chao. Good songs by him: el desaparecido, el clandestino, bongo bong, rainin in paradize.
I'm running out of steam, so I'm just going to list some other things I like that are either new or that you've done before but could do more of or could do in different ways:
- folk music like "la despedida" and "hay amores"
- rock music like on laundry service. Pretty much any rock music that comes out of the UK is awesome, and could be inspiration, as I'm sure you know.
- I'm obsessed with this song right now: "Vanity Kills," by codeine velvet club. Also "Reste avec moi," by the same band. It's a fun style that I don't think you've done.
¡Sigue sorprendiéndonos con música nueva y diferente! Estoy emocionada por el próximo álbum.
Edited by Ellie, 17 October 2011 - 10:10 PM.