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On her new album, Shakira replaces Latin and Middle Eastern beats with generic dance-pop diva moves. Jaume de la Iguana hide caption

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Shakira: Just Following The Pack?

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Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" was the song everyone seemed to like. It remains a left-field wonder of psychedelic soul. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jimmy Eat World's Bleed American had a sweetness and sincerity missing in the Top 40 rock of the time. Chris McCann hide caption

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Tito Rodriguez's greatest-hits disc El Inolvidable is a singer's paradise, with everything from smoking mambos to creamy boleros. Better yet, Rodriguez fronted a band with some of the best chops in Latin music. Chuck Stewart hide caption

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Tito x 2: Celebrating The Kings Of Mambo Again

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Kurt Cobain performs at the Reading Festival in 1992. Charles Peterson hide caption

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