Following weeks of hyper-hype, Shakira‘s Rihanna assisted new single ‘Can’t Remember To Forget You’ arrived moments ago.
Really, though, what are you waiting for? Take a listen after the jump…
Not nearly as “goat-y” as we expected. Cute & catchy, the tune will undoubtedly hit. What we’re wondering, however, is if it will “stick”. In other words, we know the hype will get it to the top of charts, but we can’t see its tenure there to be a long one.
For, without question, Shakira owns the song as it’s a clear throwback to tunes like ‘Objection’ with hints of rockier numbers like those found on ‘Oral Fixation’. And, while the number sees her in comfortable, familiar sonic territory, Rihanna, who we expected to (or at least hoped would) bring her island flair, added nothing but her name to the track. She had no standout, differentiating, or memorable moments that Shakira could not have easily done by herself.
We like it, but wish Shakira could’ve tapped someone whose musical style fits the swing of the tune (i.e. Bruno Mars), but we know Ri’s inclusion was political – and truthfully – smart.
Hopefully, the video will add some character to Ri’s inanimate addition. 3.2/5
Hit or Miss?