Laundry Service If one were to judge by the single "Whenever, Wherever," with its shameless Latin-pop hook and equally shameless writhing-in-mud video, you'd think this Colombian pop… Laundry Service If one were to judge by the single "Whenever, Wherever," with its shameless Latin-pop hook and equally shameless writhing-in-mud video, you'd think this Colombian pop… 2001-11-13 Shakira Pop World
Review

Laundry Service (2001)

Shakira | LIP 'SERVICE' Shakira's first English-language album is a crossover nightmare
Image credit: Shakira: John Spellman/Retna
LIP 'SERVICE' Shakira's first English-language album is a crossover nightmare
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: Nov 13, 2001; Lead Performance: Shakira; Genres: Pop, World

If one were to judge by the single ''Whenever, Wherever,'' with its shameless Latin-pop hook and equally shameless writhing-in-mud video, you'd think this Colombian pop star would be a fireball, a distaff Ricky Martin. You'd be mistaken. Shakira's first English-language album, Laundry Service, is the ultimate in crossover nightmares. Its wan ska-pop, faux-country ballads, and generic rock barely betray a Spanish accent or any musical heritage. (She can't decide if she wants to sound like Alanis or Shania.) It's enough to incite another anti-WTO rally.

Originally posted Nov 12, 2001
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