SHAKIRA ; Pop ++ Wembley Arena LONDON
Hasted, Nick, The Independent (London, England)
The screaming teenage Colombian girls are one clue to what an eccentric global phenomenon Shakira is. She has so far penetrated mainstream British consciousness only with the impish lyric of her big 2001 hit "Whenever, Wherever" about her "small and humble breasts". But 14 of her 27 million album sales were from four earlier Spanishlanguage LPs. A performer since she belly-danced in public aged four, and a recording star since she was 13, she has creative control as her own writer-producer that exceeds even Madonna's, and separates her from moulded, helpless superstars such as Britney. That explains the unpredictable, organic feel of tonight's show, which is clearly the creation of an artist, not a corporation.
Shakira comes on rolling and thrusting her low-trousered hips. A natural dancer's physicality powers her performance, but the tawdry self-exploitation of most of her female rivals is dodged. Largely Spanish lyrics tumble out, and, tossing about her long blond mane, she is willing to look a tousled mess. Song and performance styles twist with similar abandon. She plays glittery silver guitar on "Don't Bother" and grabs a harmonica for "Te Dejo Madrid" (trilingual, she learnt her ornate English from Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen albums). …