Can’t Remember to Forget You

"Listen to Can't Remember To Forget You"
(feat. Rihanna)

Columbian songstress Shakira has nearly two decades of sultry singing, dancing and songwriting, although her true rise to fame began in the late 90s. Her latest album, the self-titled Shakira, re-captures the magnetic fusion of musical styles for which she’s always been known. Branching out to collaborate with another global pop-princess in Rihanna, they fashion a reggae-inflected, upbeat miasma of cool and reflective vocals. Shakira’s crooning is positively seductive, while maintaining a quality of fervent urgency. And all this, before you even see the video and how well her visuals match the vocals.
Rihanna’s range surprises here; who would have thought that the almost operatic singer could tone it down enough to sound strikingly similar to Shakira, herself? Their video duet together is an explosion of femininity and vibrant colors, which match the vibrant vocals to a tee. It’s clear that these are power-women, smoking Cubans and scantily-clad, embracing both their womanhood and the New Age independence most financially successful women can enjoy.
Despite all this, at the end of the day, Can’t Remember to Forget You is a song about a man – a man that makes a woman feel like no other in the world. A cursory glance at the video – which no red-blooded man could possibly make without becoming fixated – would make you think it’s all about the trappings of power, sex and success. The reality is much closer to home, more intimate and relates better to the story of a boy and a girl in love.


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