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The New York Times - Despedida Review

Don’t blame Shakira for the stiffness of the film “Love in the Time of Cholera,” based on the Gabriel García Márquez novel. As Colombia’s international sweetheart, she was the obvious choice to write songs for two crucial moments of the soundtrack (working with the score’s composer, Antonio Pinto), and in them she reaches for something vintage, acoustic, unadorned and brimming with tearful emotion. “Despedidas” sounds rural and Andean, with just guitars and drum and a six-beat rhythm; muted trumpets hint at some long-ago nightclub in “Hay Amores.” Separated from electric bands and flashy production, Shakira has never sounded more intimate. The songs are not on the album of Mr. Pinto’s score; they’re available through iTunes.

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Posted at 12/18/2007. Original article can be found here.

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