Monday, January 13, 2014

Can't Remember to Forget You | Shakira feat. Rihanna

Rating: ★★★★☆

Oh boy, everybody. We've got a match that could only be made in Heaven: Shakira and Rihanna have teamed up for the lead single off of Shak's upcoming album. I was skeptical on how it would sound at first, but the duo pulled it off and made quite an astounding piece of work.

The song begins with a blossom of island and tropical beats, while Shakira uses her voice to bounce from word to word in the verse. Things take a surprising turn of events as the chorus takes on a heavier breakdown of guitar riffs and drums. However, we're easily reminded that this is still a pop song, because the chorus also brings in the classic "oh, oh, oh, oh, oh" vowel found in every pop song in existence.

Unexpectedly, Rihanna's Barbadian accent and Shakira's unique tone (I don't want to call it a Columbian accent, because I'm pretty positive there's nobody that really sounds like Shakira) blend really well in the song. The lyrics aren't bad, either; they mainly pertain to a lover that can't be let go for some unknown reason. Shakira has had a few mess-ups in her discography lyrically (let us not forget the iconic line "Lucky that my breasts are small and humble / So you don't confuse them with mountains"), but the lyrics in this song are on-par with a lot of average pop songs.

Shakira hasn't disappointed me in a long while, and she definitely didn't with "Can't Remember to Forget You," either. Hopefully this song reaches some great success, but with the tropical styles in the lyrics, I'm not sure if it'll happen. Whether it is a commercial success or not, the song is great and the decision to add Rihanna only benefits the song. 

Shakira's new album featuring "Can't Remember to Forget You" is currently scheduled to be released on March 25, 2014.

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