If music is the doctor, Shakira must have one heck of a prescription.
The Colombian-born singer-songwriter is everywhere at the moment. You can find her all over the music charts, TVs The Voice, and numerous commercials for products from teeth-whiteners, perfume and yogurt to Target stores.
Speaking of her prescription for success, shes about to take Medicine to the country music charts.
Is there anything this woman cant do? Im guessing not. Her latest album, Shakira, is perched at No. 2 on Billboards Hot 200. The albums first single, Cant Remember To Forget You with Rihanna, is currently on its way up Billboards Hot 100, while Medicine is about to make history on the country charts.
Medicine features fellow The Voice coach Blake Shelton. The two joined forces for Shakiras latest album, just like he did with Christina Aguilera on Just A Fool from Aguileras Lotus.
Shakira will become the first South American artist to land on the country music charts in the U.S. Shelton recently made history of his own when his 11th straight single topped the country charts, making him the only artist to achieve such a feat. Will Medicine be his 12th? I think the prognosis looks good, as the two recently performed the song on the ACMs.
Ive always enjoyed Shakiras mystical, sometimes haunting voice it truly is unique. I still love one of her first English-language hits Underneath Your Clothes, but nobody can deny the worldwide success of her massive No. 1 hit Hips Dont Lie. That song alone made her a star.
Shakira. is her 10th studio album overall and perhaps one of the most important. Shes getting a lot of attention for her coaching on The Voice, so this record needs to show her relevance to music even more so than any of her previous ones.
The new music illustrates a more Americanized Shakira; even the lyrics are more commonplace than before. This is good for the newer Shakira fan, whereas diehards might see it as selling out. The sound encompasses a little more reggae, rock and ska than weve heard from her before, but her recognizable, mercurial vocal tone remains ever-present.
The album boasts 12 impressive tracks, most of which seem to follow the path of Taylor Swift, meaning Shakira has no problem dissing the men whove done her wrong. The best examples include You Dont Care About Me, Cut Me Deep, featuring Magic, and the first single Cant Remember To Forget You, featuring Rihanna.
Spotlight has pop hit written all over it, while the beautifully-sung 23 is the perfect ballad to showcase her talent the most I love the acoustic guitar arrangement.
The semi-acoustic-guitar-driven Broken Record is a standout as well.
Shakira. is more proof that the real winners on The Voice are the coaches.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis, Mich., Journal correspondent. Email him at farrboy@hotmail.com. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.