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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 Fijación Oral, Vol. 1/Oral Fixation, Vol. 2. Vol. 1 was her first Spanish-language Latin ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 Fijación Oral, Vol. 1/Oral Fixation, Vol. 2. Vol. 1 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 Brit-pop, 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 released during 2005. Other artists may be bigger than Shakira while others may make more fully realized albums, but as of the mid-2000s no other pop artist has attempted as much and achieved as much as Shakira, as this often enthralling album proves. [Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 was reissued four months after its original release with a slightly different sequencing and two new tracks: the not very good at all "Hips Don't Lie," which features Wyclef Jean who shouts out "Shakira" every 20 seconds or so, and a Spanglish version of "La Tortura," a song from Fijación Oral.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828768158524
  • Catalog Number: 81585

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 How Do You Do (3:47)
  2. 2 Illegal - Carlos Santana (3:56)
  3. 3 Hips Don't Lie - Wyclef Jean (3:40)
  4. 4 Animal City (3:18)
  5. 5 Don't Bother (4:19)
  6. 6 The Day and the Time - Gustavo Cerati (4:25)
  7. 7 Dreams For Plans (4:04)
  8. 8 Hey You (4:11)
  9. 9 Your Embrace (3:34)
  10. 10 Costume Makes the Clown (3:13)
  11. 11 Something (4:24)
  12. 12 Timor (3:33)
  13. 13 La Tortura (3:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shakira Primary Artist, Vocals
Frank Marocco Accordion
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
Gustavo Cerati Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Wyclef Jean Guitar, Background Vocals
Tony Reyes Guitar
Mike Weiss Chant
Brendan Buckley Percussion
Chris Chaney Bass Guitar
Pedro Alfonso Strings
Fadi Hardan Chant
Leandro Fresco Keyboards
David Sinclair Whitaker Conductor
Humberto (Kiro) Judex Accordion
Emmanuel Cauvet Drums
Mario Ichausti Background Vocals
Patrick Dupré Quigley Choir Director
Technical Credits
Lauren Christy Composer
Omar Alfanno Composer
Alejandro Sanz 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, Composer
Gustavo Cerati Composer, Programming, Producer
Wyclef Jean Composer, Programming, Producer
Tweety González Engineer
Iker Gastaminza Engineer
Javier Garza Engineer
Luis Fernando Ochoa Composer
Gustavo Celis Programming, Engineer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis Composer, Programming, Producer
Nick Wollage Engineer
Luis Diaz Composer
Eduardo Bergallo Engineer
Brendan Buckley Composer
Chris Solem Mastering
Ben Kaplan Engineer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Joe Wohlmuth Engineer
Scott Spock Composer
Tim LeBlanc Engineer
David Sinclair Whitaker String Arrangements
LaTavia Parker Composer
Jim Bean Programming
Tone Engineer
Maria P. Marulanda Art Direction
Chris Brown Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    oral Fixation/Oral facination

    this is her best CD yet!Hips don't lie is not the only good track Animal city is also great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfecto!

    I love Shakira, and her CDs are the best!!! My favorite songs are Hips Dont lie, Don't Bother, and La Tortura! I'm really a Shakira fan!!! Her albums are perfecto!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    #1

    dis album was awesome! xpeshaly the song Hips don't lie a.k.a dance party song! I guarentee u'll luv it! Buy it now! :D :D :D :D :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Hips Don't Lie!

    This CD is sweet! I definitely recommend buying and listening. Hips Don't Lie and Animal City are two of the best songs on here!

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