Shakira Live And Off The Record (Epic)
A pleasant surprise. Having only seen the videos, I expected one of those Britney/Madonna deals with bunches of dancers, costume changes and not a whole lot of actual live singing. But no, this concert from Rotterdam is definitely Shakira in hard rock mode, with her distinctive mix of rock, Latin rhythm and Middle Eastern underlay, and the basic lineup - a couple of guitars, bass, percussion, keyboards - performing on a simple stage.
It doesn't look as good as you'd hope. The camera is often too close, and director Ramón Aguila tends to use flurries of editing to hide footage cut in from other shows. Shakira performs her hits and, as a bonus, possibly the worst cover of AC/DC's Back In Black ever committed to disc. There's a CD with 10 of the 15 live numbers and an hour-long documentary that's worth watching just for the surreal backstage meeting between the star, a smart little drama queen who seems torn between being Charo and Alanis Morissette, and Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel García Márquez. It's as if Britney Spears were playing Chicago and Saul Bellow dropped by to say hi.