A Hymn To Subjectivity (Episode II)


Written by: Lucas
Published: 23.02.2008


Everybody has some sort of "sin", a thing he or she likes while he or she actually should not like, according to 'common sense'. We all know them: the movie-expert that owns every edition of "Herbie: Fully Loaded" and secretly watches them every sunday afternoon on his home cinema set. The Dream Theater fan that loves his music complex and progressive, but craves for a good dose of Danzig every once in a while. And last but not least, the maniacal depressed Black/Drone/Doom metaller, who secretly listens to Shakira at least once a week.

Yeah, that last one is me. Perhaps not once a week, but I definitely do enjoy her music. I have never made it a secret, but still, this can be seen as my ultimate and final coming out. She was one of my first musical idols and even though I discovered a music genre that was much more "me", I never turned my back on her. Why not? Because she is good. Damn, she is good. (I also have a secret crush on her, which has lasted for about six years right now).

One of the reasons that I adore her, while I hate almost every other "MTV-act", is her image. She appears to be more of a natural and intelligent girl, no make-up, no bitchy attitude. And I appreciate that, even though that image may be just as plastic as the rest. I can't help it, baby. (that is a quote from her song "Fool", if you didn't know that already).

So well, up the irons and all other sorts of metal slogans, but I’m going to retreat and sing-along with my Colombian beauty.

Shakira – Laundry Service

Where to start with this Colombian, hot-blooded vocalist? With the cover, which shows a close up of her pretty face, and has secured a lot of impuls-buys, no doubt? Or with some of her hit-singles, like "Objection (Tango)", "Underneath Your Clothes" or her break-through and quite possibly her best song ever, "Whenever, Wherever"? Truth is, it doesn’t really matter. All of it is great. "Laundry Service", her fifth studio album and the first one with lyrics in English, was a hit album, and rightly so.

From the very first seconds of the album the vibe is set. She sings of unfaithful men, being happy with a new love, promises for the future, the pain caused by cheating etc. Conclusion: theme of the album is love, in all its shapes and forms. This allows great songs to blossom, such as the aforementioned hits but also the jolly "Ready For The Good Times", the catchy and groovy "Eyes Like Yours" and the funny "Rules".

The instrumental part of the album is a reflection of her education and youth: a mixture of various European and Arabian styles. Tango, salsa, pop and rock are all brought professionaly by the various session musicians that shine on this album. A flute in "Whenever, Wherever", a violin and accordion in "Eyes Like Yours", everything is perfectly done and this variety offers a couple of nice surprises and unique edges to "Laundry Service".

All in all, "Laundry Service" is a great album in its own right. But I realize most of you readers here on Metal Storm won’t even bother to check this out. I cannot say I care though, as it is you’re loss, not mine. I am going to spin it once more.

"Whenever, wherever
We're meant to be together
I'll be there and you'll be near
And that's the deal my dear."




 



Written on 23.02.2008 by If you're interested in extreme, often emotional and underground music, check out my reviews. I retired from reviewing, but I really used to be into that stuff.


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Comments: 36   Visited by: 112 users
08.10.2008 - 18:45
Lucas
Mr. Noise
Written by Elio on 08.10.2008 at 18:34

Shakira. why people call you Nervel, is this your real name and not Lucas??


My nickname used to be Nervel for a loooong time. A couple of years or so. Lucas is my real name, I took it when I became a serious reviewer etc.
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SLUDGE. DOOM. DEATH. Wait, what?

"The reason I'm running for president is because I can't be Bruce Springsteen." - Barack Obama
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08.10.2008 - 20:15
Elio
Red Nightmare
Written by Lucas on 08.10.2008 at 18:45

Written by Elio on 08.10.2008 at 18:34

Shakira. why people call you Nervel, is this your real name and not Lucas??


My nickname used to be Nervel for a loooong time. A couple of years or so. Lucas is my real name, I took it when I became a serious reviewer etc.


And so I guess Ruijs is your surname. I prefer Lucas Ruijs to this new one.
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IntoPlighT said: "Slipknot is 15 years old how the fuck is that Nu metal?"

BEST. QUOTE. EVER.
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08.10.2008 - 20:49
Lucas
Mr. Noise
Written by Elio on 08.10.2008 at 20:15

Written by Lucas on 08.10.2008 at 18:45

Written by Elio on 08.10.2008 at 18:34

Shakira. why people call you Nervel, is this your real name and not Lucas??


My nickname used to be Nervel for a loooong time. A couple of years or so. Lucas is my real name, I took it when I became a serious reviewer etc.


And so I guess Ruijs is your surname. I prefer Lucas Ruijs to this new one.


Really? I thought it was a bit too long.
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SLUDGE. DOOM. DEATH. Wait, what?

"The reason I'm running for president is because I can't be Bruce Springsteen." - Barack Obama
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09.10.2008 - 15:05
TheBigRossowski
Dudeist Priest'
I understand man....but Shakira?! Thats a bit awkward...

My 'off' bands are like the Misfits (songs like Devilsblood, Green Hell, etc.) and I was brought up with oldies, so I listen to some old shit all the time.

PAPA'S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG!!!!! yeeeeeaaaaahhhh
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That rug really tied the room together, did it not?
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01.11.2008 - 12:00
nana.MD
Star-Queen
She's good in what she does...my father likes her alot and i've heard her frequently lol...i think her first albums were better though, her last works lack of lyrics and the music is becoming terrible...oh but her dancing is great, i had to take some classes of it and it's pretty difficult...
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Live how you want just don't feed on me, if you doubt what I say I will make you believe...
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10.04.2010 - 17:19
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
LOL, I never though you wrote more of this articles. I just knew about the first one feauring Kent..

Written by Lucas on 28.03.2008 at 13:47

I don't have a cd of her spanish stuff, but I used to have a burnt cdr and those songs were very cool.


I'm quite conservative when it comes to Shakira since I preffer her songs in spanish waaaaay more than in english. I always liked her, not in the way that I would end up buying some cds [or maybe... who knows?]. MY mother and my sister use to put some shakira when we are in the kitchen talking and coocking... It makes a great atmosphere, or maybe that's me and my latino-side that I can't deny!

Some of her songs can be damn depressive too... La Pared [the acustic version, the original it's not even half as heartbreaking] being one of the most depressive songs I've heard outside metal, probably because her voice is so damn strong on the chorus.

She's a wonderful artist indeed... and also very beautiful but not only her body, her personality is also very nice.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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