Yes, like many people have admitted in their reviews, I too mistook Shakira as a Britney wannabe at first. But "Whenever, Wherever" was just catchy enough that I eventually was compelled to give her a chance. And am I glad I did, because Laundry Service is a fantastic pop album. First off, Shakira has a great voice, powerful and emotive. And unlike most teen idols, Shakira made this her album, writing and producing it in its entirety. And she shows her talents extend beyond her amazing vocal ability, crafting some great, energetic music you can't sit still through, like "Whenever, Wherever," "Te Dejo Madrid," and "Objection (Tango)," both of which are here in English and Spanish verisons. She also shows herself just as talented crafting ballads like "Underneath Your Clothes" and "The One." Even the tracks that didn't quite work for me are still interesting; I might not really like "Eyes Like Yours," but I still respect her for blending Persian influences into Rock and Roll so seamlessly. This is a great album, and I look forward to exploring the rest of Shakira's catalog.