It’s always interesting when some of the world’s biggest pop stars love the same bands you do; I still remember the helter skelter rush of emotions I experienced when I saw a photo of Britney Spears walking out the gym with a copy of Radiohead’s In Rainbows in her hand, or when Beyonce mentioned a desire to work with of Montreal on her next album, or even when Jay-Z hoped that the “incredible” Grizzly Bear and their “indie rock movement” will push rap. And now, the most lovable She-Wolf, FIFA songbird, and overall voluptuous beauty, Shakira has covered The xx‘s “Islands” in the studio, possibly for an upcoming album.
Sonically, Shakira and her crew are faithful to the original, while adding a few pseudo-house touches, as to not alienate those of her fans still howling. I can’t tell you if Shakira’s “Islands” will be a hit or not, or if it’s even intended to be one, but hopefully this will open a lot of people’s eyes to the xx. They deserve it, and anyone who doesn’t think so is just plain selfish.
Shakira – Islands (The xx Cover)