We're Totally Missing: The Hip-Shaking Prowess of Shakira's 'Laundry Service' Days


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Before Shakira made faces on The Voiceexcited thousands of screaming soccer fans, and showed the world that there's a real art to being flexible, she was making her English debut with the Andean-inspired pop track "Whenever, Wherever," the lead single from her 2001 album Laundry Service

When I heard that the Colombian singer would be dropping her 10th studio album later this spring, the Shakira fan in me was floored but hesitant. Although critics love her new Rihanna-assisted single "Can't Remember to Forget You," I have to sadly admit that I'm underwhelmed by it and fear the Ska-infused single points to the overall sound of her still untitled album.

Don't get me wrong. I've stuck by Shak throughout the years and will continue to, regardless of what kind of album she unleashes. Because seriously, "Whenever, Wherever," "Hips Don't Lie," and "La Tortura" will always be the anthems to any and all my hip shaking attempts. But when it comes to complete albums she's released since her best-selling Laundry Service, the likes of She Wolf and Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 have come up short. So I wondered: What is it about her Laundry Service days that continue to inspire?  

For starters, "Whenever, Wherever" is Goddess Shakira and Goddess Shakira is the best. There's something about her moves, her confidence, the way she shakes her hips no matter what the obstacle might be.

Take that "La Loba" Shakira. 

Second, in the music video for "Objection (Tango)" she portrays this bad-ass comic superhero... 

...And showcases this feisty rocker edge. 

And don't get me started about those highlights. It takes a certain type of woman to pull them off. 

Finally, Laundry Service Shakira has this amazing ability to run with scissors and end up unscathed. That's pure talent, people. 



All in all, let's hope her tenth album's the charm and Goddess Shakira makes a comeback. 




I'm the editorial director of Zimbio. Instagram: @anela_bella Twitter: @laniconway
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