Shakira | Allstate Arena | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., Oct. 29, 8 p.m. 2010
Price: $14.80-$162.75
It's a bit hyperbolic to claim—as some writers have—that Colombian singer Shakira has returned to her roots with her frothy new album, Sale el Sol (Sony Music Latin/Epic). True, most of the lyrics are in her native Spanish, in contrast to last year's English-language She Wolf, but despite some jacked-up electronic merengue and cumbia and an overcooked adaptation of the Golden Sounds' mid-80s Cameroonian smash "Tasmina" ("Waka Waka," the official anthem of this year's World Cup), Sale el Sol sure sounds like a mainstream pop record. That said, its mixture of approaches suits her better than the generic polish of She Wolf—I don't know another arena-level star who can pull off such a global aesthetic so naturally. And her club thumpers are as irresistible as ever, especially the bass-heavy merengue "Loca"—the English-language version includes a killer Dizzee Rascal cameo, which just edges out the great Spanish rapping by Dominican star El Cata on the original. —Peter Margasak

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