ALBUM REVIEW: Shakira, ‘Shakira.’

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Shakira,” the namesake new album from the Colombian singer-songwriter and humanitarian, comes with a number of distinctions. It’s her first album since becoming a mother and a coach on the television singing competition “The Voice” last year, and it’s her return to performing in English after 2010’s excellent “Sale el Sol.”

The real achievement, though, is that it’s also her most personal effort in years, a reminder that there’s a lot of heart and soul beneath the shiny exterior of her global stardom. On her previous two studio records, Shakira had gone into high-gloss mode, unleashing her inner dance-floor diva on 2009’s “She Wolf” and then into pulsating Latin pop on “Sale el Sol.”

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