Shakira Reveals Her Neurotic Side, Says Next LP Is 'A Mirror'

Sinuous songstress has 60 songs penned for Laundry Service

Although the world hasn't seen a lot of Shakira lately, the

Colombian dynamo hasn't exactly been resting comfortably on her

laurels.

"Since my last tour ended, I have been literally sweating like a pig,

working like a dog, and putting together this DVD documentary and live

CD," Shakira said with the peculiar vernacular her fans have come to

expect.

The result, "Live & Off the Record," was released last week. The two-disc collection includes a 10-song live album; a 90-minute concert filmed at a Rotterdam, Netherlands, stop on her Tour of the Mongoose; and a behind-the-scenes look at the platinum-haired singer, warts and all.

"When my fans watch this documentary, they are going to see that I'm a

neurotic, that I'm an obsessive-compulsive perfectionist, and I don't

know if they are going to like that," she explained, "but they for sure

will understand me a little more. They'll get to know my causes in

life, what I fight for, the things that inspire me, that move me. ... I

just get the feeling that I'm going to get much closer to them than

ever before."

The artist, too, has gained a little more knowledge about herself than

what Laundry Service songs "Underneath Your Clothes," "Objection

(Tango)" and "Whenever, Wherever" revealed. When Shakira wasn't working

on the DVD, she was putting pen to paper for her next album. She has

written about 60 tunes for the as-yet-untitled effort and is in the

process of choosing the dozen or so that will make the album's final

cut.

"This album is so personal," she explained. "It's very honest, and it's

revealing so much of myself that it's also acting like a mirror. I can

see my own reflection in each one of the songs. And through the lyrics,

I am also learning to know a little bit more about myself. I guess

that's an eternal process. You never end up really getting to know

yourself, but art is definitively one useful tool to achieve that."