Years and years ago I used to like Shakira a lot. I thought she was witty, I thought she had spunk. Then she got a boyfriend.
Some years ago I used to write for a particular magazine. The target marget for this publication was supossed to be urban, trendy, 20-something females. My Editor was this woman who had recently gotten married and for whatever reason she was under the impression that the goal of EVERY SINGLE 20something female in the face of humanity was to get a ring. Neeless to say that as a result of this particular viewpoint of hers she wasn't very popular among most of the staff. But as our publisher used to say: all good writing comes from what you experience, and her marriage had become the bulk of her experience. She single handedly drove the magazine from its #1 spot.
Shakira, before she did the cross over bit, used to write songs about things, she celebrated life, and she wrote about how love reflected itself in life. Now she reminds me of my editor. Listening to Laundry Service I couldn't help but feel like I was part of a relationship that wasn't my own and like I was seeing shots of the depersonalization of a woman who had succombed herself to love. In some ways it was nice, in others it was kinda gross and just like with any relationship, I hoped that the novelty of it would wear off and that she would go back to celebrating life.
Then came Fijacion Oral. I read the lyrics before I heard the CD and I was just like, "again?!?" Granted, I must admit that going back to Spanish was a plus because she is far more elequent in her native tongue; but I wonder if she hasn't experienced anything other than self serving wanna-kill-myself type love in the past 4 years. Since I've been in Santo Domingo I've heard most of the CD and the music didn't impress me enough to overlook the lyrics. I only like the song "NO"... It reminds me of someone I used to know...
Oral Fixation Volume 2 I haven't heard in its entirety but that's probably for the best...I first heard "Don't Bother" while watching the video and I couldn't help but remember some article I read a few weeks back on PerezHilton where she said something about how she would never be like Britney or something or other. Meanwhile, not a minute and a half into the video she is half naked humping the steeering wheel of a car. Nice one. Anyway, yeah...linguistically speaking, someone should let her know that "deception" is not the same thing as "decepción". Generally speaking, she used to be empowering...what happened to her?
Once upon a time I used to like Shakira...I hope some day I do again.