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Oral Fixation, Vol. 2
     

Oral Fixation, Vol. 2

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by Shakira
 

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Shakira delights in confounding expectations, and nowhere is that better seen than in how she secured a massive crossover audience on her own terms. She blended Latin pop and American mainstream pop, on both the dance and easy listening sides of the equation, on her 2001 breakthrough, Laundry Service, but it was no crass cash grab -- she eased herself into the

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Shakira delights in confounding expectations, and nowhere is that better seen than in how she secured a massive crossover audience on her own terms. She blended Latin pop and American mainstream pop, on both the dance and easy listening sides of the equation, on her 2001 breakthrough, Laundry Service, but it was no crass cash grab -- she eased herself into the transition, balancing songs in Spanish and English on the record while crafting tunes in both languages to appeal to both longtime fans and new listeners. That set the stage for her magnum opus of 2005, the two-part album Fijación Oral/Oral Fixation. Volume one was her first Spanish-language Latin pop album since 1998 and the second was her first ever all-English crossover album, and if anybody was expecting the latter to be a continuation of Laundry Service, consisting of nothing but sexy dance tunes and power ballads, Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 will be a bit of a surprise: it's a deadly serious, ambitious pop
ock album, most assuredly not frivolous dance-pop. Even when the album dives into pulsating neo-disco, it's in the form of a protest song in the closer, "Timor," which isn't exactly by-the-numbers pop. And that's a pretty good description of Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 in general -- it's pop, but it's unconventional. Even when she alludes to pop divas past, whether it's with the foreboding gospel choir on "How Do You Do" that brings to mind "Like a Prayer" or how she cribs from Alanis Morissette on "Illegal" ("You said you would love me until you died/And as far as I know you're still alive" is very close to "You Oughta Know"), Shakira twists these references to her own purposes, taking the music in unexpected directions. All these turns and detours lead to the same general destination: the sound is grandly theatrical, darkly sultry, and unapologetically lurid, a place where Madonna and U2 exist not as peers, but as collaborators. For if this album is anything, it's a global pop
ock album with each of those modifiers carrying equal weight: these are pop songs performed as arena rock, belonging not to a single country but to the world as a whole. As such, the album touches on everything from the expected Latin rhythms to glitzy Euro-disco, trashy American rock & roll, and stomping Britpop, all punctuated by some stark confessionals, as Shakira sings about everything from love to religion, stopping along the way to reveal that women with 24 inch waists may indeed be heartbroken. If some of these ideas don't necessarily gel, at least Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 is alive with ambition and, more often than not, Shakira winds up with music that is distinctive as both songs and recordings. And that means that Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 is not only a markedly different album from Fijación Oral, but from every other record in her catalog -- or, most importantly, from any other pop album in 2005. Other artists may be bigger than Shakira while others may make more fully realized albums, but as of 2005, no other pop artist attempts as much and achieves as much as Shakira, as this often enthralling album proves.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/29/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969770825
catalogNumber:
97708

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shakira   Primary Artist,Vocals
Rene Toledo   Guitar
Paul Bushnell   Bass Guitar
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion
Pete Davis   Horn,Keyboards
Victor Indrizzo   Drums
Lester Mendez   Keyboards
Tim Mitchell   Guitar,Keyboards
Teddy Mulet   Horn
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Archie Pena   Percussion
Pro Arte Orchestra   Strings
Colin Sheen   Concert Master
Lyle Workman   Guitar
Albert Sterling Menendez   Keyboards
Carlos Santana   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Gustavo Cerati   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Tony Reyes   Guitar
Brendan Buckley   Percussion
Chris Chaney   Bass Guitar
Pedro Alfonso   Strings
Fadi Hardan   Chant
David Levita   Guitar
Leandro Fresco   Keyboards
David Sinclair Whitaker   Conductor
Emmanuel Cauvet   Drums
Church Of The Epiphany Chamber Choir   Choir, Chorus
Mario Ichausti   Background Vocals
Patrick Dupré Quigley   Choir Director
Sraphic Fire   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Lauren Christy   Composer
Pedro Aznar   Composer
Pete Davis   Programming
Jim Gaines   Engineer
Rob Jacobs   Engineer
Kevin Killen   Engineer
Lester Mendez   Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Tim Mitchell   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jonathan Mover   Engineer
Rick Rubin   Executive Producer
Graham Edwards   Composer
Trina Shoemaker   Engineer
Shakira   Composer,Audio Production
Gustavo Cerati   Composer,Programming,Producer
Tweety González   Engineer
Iker Gastaminza   Engineer
Javier Garza   Engineer
Luis Fernando Ochoa   Composer
Gustavo Celis   Engineer
Nick Wollage   Engineer
Eduardo Bergallo   Engineer
Brendan Buckley   Composer
Tone   Engineer
Ben Kaplan   Engineer
Joe Wohlmuth   Engineer
Scott Spock   Composer
Tim LeBlanc   Engineer
David Sinclair Whitaker   String Arrangements
Jim Bean   Programming
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction
Chris Brown   Engineer

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Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shakira has done it again. She's the ultimate cross over artist of the last few years. Being a person that speaks both English and Spanish, I thought that she was a much better artist when she sang in Spanish, but after hearing this record, she has totally changed my mind. This album is one of her best so far. I love everything about it. It's risky, up-beat, romantic, sad and full of energy all at the same time. She has touched subject that we all go through in life and so, it's easy to personalize it. Que viva Shakira y Colombia!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago