Shakira’s Cover Of The XX’s “Islands” — Sunnier Than The Original

Becky Bain / October 11, 2010

Shakira debuted her upbeat cover of The xx’s “Islands” at Glastonbury — now listen to the full studio recording, which will find a home on the Colombian singer’s upcoming album,  Sale El Sol. Compared to the flashy Latin-flavored “Loca“, this song is brilliantly subdued. Listen below.

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Very pretty, and by quickening the tempo and adding Shakira’s hopeful-sounding vocals, it’s just different enough from the original.

What do you think of Shakira’s cover? Leave your thoughts in the comments.