Shakira Goes 'She-Wolf' in Funky New Video

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2009 3:05 PM CDT
In this Jan. 19, 2009 file photo, singer Shakira attends the Huffington Post Pre-Inaugural Ball at the Newseum in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
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(Newser) – Shakira’s new song “She Wolf” is “either the most insanely brilliant (or brilliantly insane) song you'll hear in 2009,” James Montgomery writes for It sounds like 1970s Italian disco and features the word “lycanthropy,” but the song’s true strangeness can’t be appreciated without seeing the video, in which Shakira “out-dances everyone in the business, and even manages to out-Beyoncé Beyoncé.”

Shakira’s booty alone “seems to swell to nearly three times its original size” at one point, while elsewhere she “folds herself in half, torques vertebrae, lifts legs over her head, pops her shoulders in and out of their sockets.” It’s truly, howlingly good. “Without a doubt,” Montgomery writes, “Shakira is back, and badder (or at least battier) than ever.”