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Pies Descalzos

4.7 out of 5 stars 141 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 24, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0009K8L5W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This 1996 album best exemplifies why so many of us fell in love with Shakira Mebarak. This Catholic Lebanese-Colombian singer is best known for her belly-dancing routines and "Hips Don't Lie", but read this review to get to know the early Shakira better.

Reviewers mistakenly state that this is Shakira's debut album. Not so. This is her THIRD studio album, but the first on a major label. Her first two albums - "Magia" (from when she was 13), and "Peligro" (at age 15) were commercial disappointments, and consisted of worn, badly produced Spanish love songs.

But "Pies Descalzos" (translation - "Naked Feet") is where it all came together. This is my second favorite Spanish language album, right after Gloria Estefan's legendary "Mi Tierra".

Now more than a decade old, its timelessness and lyrical brilliance continue to dazzle and win new fans each passing year (its one of the highest selling Latin albums of all time, and still sells hundreds of thousands of copies every year). The secret behind it is simple - this is perhaps the only album to capture Shakira in all her honesty, without pretense or marketing drive to fuel her 'image'.

The result is a stripped-down, acoustic album with complete dedication to simplistic folk-tunes and some acoustic rock elements. The lyrics, even if you are not a native speaker, are the highlight. But up front is Shakira's beautiful voice. In my opinion, her voice peaked on this album and has never sounded as good.

"Estoy Aqui", the lead single, might be why people remember this, but the best songs are all toward the end of the album. Her finest moment here is "Vuelve", a shape-shifting, strange song that will get lodged in your subconscious without any effort on your part. This is stellar.
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I love this album, I think I've heard it like 1,000 times or more. I bought it back in 1996 when Shakira wasn't know and I felt the album very acustic and simple but full of love, with lots of interest and feeling.
Now after 7 years I have Shakira's whole discography and any of her other albums haven't reach the quality of this one. Ok I know that now she sales millions of cd's and all that but this one is her best and anybody who knows her from back then will share the same opinion.
This album features her first hits like: "Estoy aqui", "Antologia", "Un poco de amor", "Quiero", "Pies descalzos", "Donde estas corazon" and "Se quiere se mata". Each one of the singles became a hit.
If someone doesn't know her from back then won't feel the change on her as a person. She used to be a lovely person but know she's serious and her feet are not any longer on the ground.
I highly recommend this album it's beautiful. It's her best without doubt.
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This is one of my fave records of all time...and I'm not even a Shakira fan! I came of age when Pies Descalzos exploded and it was like Shakira had taken my diary and poured all my thoughts and feelings into these songs. Shakira and I are about the same age,so she was around 16-17 when this record came out... I had my first love and my first heartbreak set to "Antologia", danced to "Estoy aqui" the first time I sneaked into a club, sang "Donde Estas corazon" at the top of my lungs with my gf's as we cruised the town when I "borrowed" my parents car(we thought we were sooo cool), and felt giddy with "Te espero sentada". One big chunk of the soundtrack of my life went with this record. I wish Shakira would make as heartfelt music as she did in Pies Descalzos...even with all the smoke and mirrors of her latter material, she still hasn't been able to duplicate the simple sincerity of this record.
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Shakira es definitivamente una de las mejores, y me animo a decir que la mejor artista femenina en su genero. Su muúsica es atrapante e intensa, y sus letras son increíblemente profundas. Tiene canciones rockeras y tambien baladas, que estan muy bien elaboradas. Esta artista, a pesar de su juventud, ha demostrado un gran profesionalismo con este disco, y tambien se ve que es una persona que sabe expresar muy bien sus sentimientos. Este es un disco que contiene canciones como "estoy aqui", "un poco de amor", "pies descalzos, sueños blancos", "se quiere, se mata", que no pueden dejar de escucharse. Si eres un fan de la música rock-pop, este es un album que no puedes dejar pasar. Definitivamente se va a convertir en uno de los clásicos de la música en español de los noventas.
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It is hard to believe that Shakira was only eighteen years old, when she released the brilliant, underrated "Pies Descalzos." (Translation: Barefeet) We hear the wailing, expressive purring and beautiful instrumentals we have come to recognize as hallmarks of Shakira's versatility and innovation as a performer.

"Pies Descalzos" presents her range as both a rockera and a balladeer. The album kicks off on a high note, with the wistful and infectious "Estoy Aqui." This is probably one of her most popular early hits. It has a combination of heartwrenching lyrics (longing for the lover who isn't coming back) and a totally wonderful, high energy rhythm section. I believe this song was also featured on Shakira's "MTV Unplugged" album. "Antologia," the next track, is beautiful, stirring and very sensual. As far as ballads go, it reaches new levels with its smooth, slow guitar strums and Shakira's soaring voice.

Overall, the range of sounds, rhythms and flavors is diverse and compelling here. Shakira even dabbles in reggae "lite" with "Poco de Amor." Though, it might not be for all tastes, it is definitely fun and reflects her youthful exhuberance and boundless energy. The subject matter featured in the album is not restricted to the topic of love, alone. In fact, the last track, "Se Quiere...Se Mata" takes on the subject of abortion.

This is a great album, and, even though this doesn't even begin to cap off the potential to come, in the career of this remarkable singer, you get a real sense of her genius, her natural poetry and the great joy and passion Shakira has for her music.
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