Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 [DualDisc]

Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 [DualDisc]

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by Shakira
     
 

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Colombian star Shakira generally gets her own way, and when the singer-songwriter proposed, counter to all industry practices, to follow up a hit English-language debut with a Spanish-language record three years later, it caused some head-scratching. But a hit video (the first Spanish-language song to chart on MTV's TRL) is just the first suggestion that…  See more details below

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Colombian star Shakira generally gets her own way, and when the singer-songwriter proposed, counter to all industry practices, to follow up a hit English-language debut with a Spanish-language record three years later, it caused some head-scratching. But a hit video (the first Spanish-language song to chart on MTV's TRL) is just the first suggestion that Shakira knows best. Laundry Service was admirable if occasionally clumsy, but Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 shows her at her confident best. The fast-rising single, "La Tortura," features Spanish heartthrob Alejandro Sanz and a mix of club beats and Colombian accordion and percussion, indicative of the wide range of styles on the album, if not its overall sound. With executive production from Rick Rubin and, on two songs, co-production from Soda Stereo's Gustavo Cerati, Fijación Oral (Aural?) is experimental but focused, alternating strummy ballads with more rhythmic material. "Tortura" is certainly a standout, but the best track is "Día Especial." With Cerati's input, it sports an airy majesty typical of his Argentine supergroup, or early U2. "Escondite Ingles" is the album's sole rocker, a high-energy mix of surf rock and new wave that recalls songs from Laundry Service. There's nothing as exuberant as that album's "Wherever, Whenever" -- maybe that's waiting on Volume 2. But the singular vision of Shakira Mubarak, as singer, songwriter, and performer, hasn't come across this strongly in a while, and it needs no translation.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Laundry Service gave Shakira her long-anticipated English-language breakthrough, turning her into a global superstar in the process. A hit of that magnitude is hard to follow, so it shouldn't be a great surprise that she toiled on its sequel for upward of four years. What is surprising is that the subsequent album was split in two -- à la Kill Bill -- with the first being devoted to Spanish tunes and the second consisting entirely of English songs; the teasing titles Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1 and Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 indicate which is which and which hit the market first. It's kind of a sharp move to release Fijacion Oral first, since it not only satisfies her longtime fans who have been waiting a long time for a collection of brand-new Spanish material (she hasn't delivered one since 1998's Dónde Están los Ladrones?), it also subtly signals that she won't be placing American success above anything else. Similarly, Fijacion Oral smartly straddles the line between traditional Latin pop and the sexy, splashy dance-pop and bombastic adult contemporary pop that made Laundry Service a big hit in the U.S.: its heart is in the former, but the production -- the omnipresent Rick Rubin serves as the executive producer -- is slick and bright, enough to make the first single, "La Tortura," sound like a natural for American radio (even if it will never be played because it's sung in Spanish). Despite the surface sheen, Fijacion Oral is proudly a Latin pop record, and it conforms to the conventions of its genre, alternating between melodramatic ballads and insistent dance tunes, sometimes working a sleek bossa nova number into the equation for good measure (the terrific "Obtener un Sí," which sounds like it could have been a big hit in the late '60s). Even if it doesn't break convention, it nevertheless does its job extremely well, with an ample amount of style and flair, as well as more songcraft than Shakira is usually given credit for. She's written each song here, sometimes in collaboration with either Luis F. Ochoa or Lester Mendez, and these ten originals (the 12-track album includes two alternate versions) have a combination of commercial savvy and smart writing, making this album a small triumph, proof that Shakira can not only return to her roots, but expand upon them. Since this is a Latin pop record through and through, it will not cross over the way that Laundry Service did, but that's by design: Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1 will conquer half of the world, and the other half will follow with Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 in six months' time. Given the strength of this album, it's hard to wait for the second part to arrive. [A DualDisc version was also released.]
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
1/2 A world away from the Ricky Martinizing of Latin pop.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969458525
catalogNumber:
94585

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shakira   Primary Artist
Gary Foster   Flute
Rene Toledo   Acoustic Guitar
Bruce Dukov   Concert Comedienne
Alejandro Sanz   Guitar,Tres Cubano,Guest Appearance
Paul Bushnell   Bajo Sexto
Jorge Calandrelli   Metales
Dave Carpenter   Bajo Sexto
Luis Conte   Percussion
Pete Davis   Trumpet,Keyboards
Victor Indrizzo   Percussion,Bateria
Charles Loper   Trombone
Warren Luening   Flugelhorn
Lester Mendez   Keyboards
Jonathan Mover   Bateria
Teddy Mulet   Trumpet
Shawn Pelton   Percussion,Bateria
Archie Pena   Percussion
Ramon Stagnaro   Guitar
Lyle Workman   Guitar
Frank Morrocco   Accordion
Gustavo Cerati   Guitar,Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Tony Reyes   Guitar,Keyboards
Chris Chaney   Bajo Sexto
David Alsina   Bandoneon
Humberto (Kiro) Judex   Accordion
Steve Kajula   Flute
Bob McChensay   Trombone

Technical Credits

Terry Manning   Engineer
Alejandro Sanz   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Jorge Calandrelli   String Arrangements,Orchestra Director
Pete Davis   Programming
Rob Jacobs   Engineer
Kevin Killen   Engineer
Lester Mendez   Composer,Programming,Producer
Rick Rubin   Executive Producer
Shakira   Composer
Gustavo Cerati   Composer,Programming,Producer
Mauricio Guerrero   Engineer
Iker Gastaminza   Engineer
Luis Fernando Ochoa   Composer
Carlos Paucar   Engineer
Vlado Meller   Mastering
Joe Wohlmuth   Engineer
Tim LeBlanc   Engineer
José DeJesús Rosales "Halcón Dorado" Torres   Programming,Remixing
Gelipe Alvarez   Programming
Gian Arias   Programming
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction

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Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Shakira delievers a very mature album that is very unique and different to her past albums. This album is more mature sounding, more polished, better mixed, and with a slight electro sound to the songs compared to earlier Shakira albums. The album flows well together and does not seem like a collection of singles As usual Shakira draws from a lot of different music styles in this album - everything from 80s rock to 60s easy listening to European electro. For instance: En Tus Pupilas is a very relaxing song with a beautiful chorus. It's hard to describe but it's just a very relaxing song. It's almost like you're day dreaming. It's in the same vein as Sonbre de Ti but not a copy of that song. En Tus Pupilas is my favorite song on the album. La Tortua is an interesting song with a lot of passion and honest, straight up vocals. It's one of those songs that grow on you. The song changes tempos and textures several times but pulls it off very well. Every now and then the song has a slight mariachi sound and a slight "jungle" sound. Obtener un Si is not a song you'd expect Shakira to sing - but that's what makes her so good. You never know what to expect, and she always pulls it off. This song reminds me of a mid 60s easy listening Burt Bacharach song. And, believe it or not, she handles it well and it's a treat to listen to. And, like a Bacharach song, it's very well arranged with plush orchestratioin. This song might also have fit on the album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim. Shakira is very much at ease with the song and appears to have fun with it. Dia Especial is a very catchy song that is again very mature and well done. For some reason it seems like the song would have been good in a James Bond movie. Escondite Ingles has a modern back to the 80s sound. The most rocking song on the album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...when so many artists have been there, done that, Shakira is so passionate and refreshing. She defines seduction and mystique in every song. Drop the bread crumbs along the way...or you may get lost. Which is not a bad way to go.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE fan... And, I've been waiting for her Spanish album for years... This album is awesome. It is different than all her previous albums but it's still Shakira... She's growing and changing and it shows... I can't say enough good things!!!! I love her... LOL!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shakira's album is very beautiful. The Lyrics are wounderful!! This is a CD for anybody who love's music!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
To be honest, I've heard 1 song from this CD. And I love it!!!! If the rest of the songs are like "La Tortura" than I love them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
from the first time i heard 'whenever wherever'i was blown away.she has really brought latin people to the world,prior to that no one here knows latin people or music.she might not get the attention from the americans but she's big here.from young to old in shillong(india) everyone knows her,she is comparable to the beatles,with one english album(laundry service) she could make herself the biggedt star in the world right now(excluding.u.s.a).she is my icon,her songs has captivated my heart beyond words.and by the way,is there any female artist who write their own songs and music.she deserve more than this people after all she's a philantropist and she represent not the american but the world dreams.i simply love her.
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