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.
Performance CreditsShakira 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 CreditsTerry 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
Gustavo Cerati Composer,Programming,Producer
Mauricio Guerrero Engineer
Iker Gastaminza Engineer
Luis Fernando Ochoa Composer
Carlos Paucar Engineer
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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!!!
...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.
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.
Shakira's album is very beautiful. The Lyrics are wounderful!! This is a CD for anybody who love's music!!
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.