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Fijacion Oral Vol. 1
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|1. En Tus Pupilas|
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|3. La Tortura|
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|5. Dia Especial|
|6. Escondite Ingles|
|8. Las De La Intuicion|
|9. Dia De Enero|
|10. Lo Imprescindible|
|11. La Pared (Version Acustica)|
|12. La Tortura (Shaketon Remix)|
Shakira will be releasing 2 CD this year, the first album Fijacion Oral 1, a Spanish language album in the summer. Then It will be followed up in November 2005 with the English language album Oral Fixation 2. Both albums will be released by Epic Records. The first single in Spanish entitled "La Tortura" which features Spanish superstar Alejandro Sanz.
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On first listen, you'll get carried away by her voice. It is unique, powerful and versatile. But we sorta knew that going in.
On subsequent spins, if you take away her vocals, this may be her most "American" sounding album yet. Perhaps that is due to the influence of executive producer Rick Rubin.
The opener, "En Tus Pupilas" is a soft-rock, emotional ballad that we fans will recognize and welcome instantly.
It is followed by "La Pared", which proves she has been listening to Coldplay, as the music to the chorus is a total homage to "Clocks." It's not subtle at all, and it sounds great.
Much has been made about the first single, "La Tortura" and it's reggaeton elements, but if you recall the album "Pies Descalzos" (an album given to me by my cousin when I was visiting my family in Barranquilla years ago), you'll know Shakira has been doing this sort of stuff for a long, long time. Actually, I think the majority of the song has a huge Police sound to it during the verses, slipping into the more obviously reggaeton-like mode during Sanz' chorus.
"Obtener Un Si" is the surprising stunner on the album. It's an exquisite, retro-pop tune with vintage ice-skating-rink organ, sweet string sections and lovely, delicate melodies. This really demonstrates that her range simply is limitless.
"Dia Especial" is a fairly generic midtempo pop-rocker, and the hubbub about "Escondite Ingles" being "punk" is laughable. It's not. It's an obvious nod to The B-52's (check out the cheesy organ), but it's more like the pogoing power pop of New Wave. It's multiple time changes recall, in a good way, Green Day's recent efforts, and I loved the thrashy, messy ending.
"No" is another one of those Shakira songs that build from a mostly acoustic, introspective piece into a widescreen, dramatic epic like "Tu" and "Inevitable". It's not quite up to those standards, but it works just fine.
Who knew she could be Kylie Minogue? She does just that, in her own style of course, on "Las De La Intuicion", down to the disco-pop sounds and whispered back-ups.
"Dia De Enero" is a gorgeous folk-rock song and "La Imprescindible" is a noisy, percussive, synthesizer-filled 80's-like song that still somehow manages to work.
The extra tracks are an acoustic "La Pared" and a remixed "La Tortura".
The single best thing about this album has to be her voice. What an instrument! She moves confidently across genres, maintaining her unique mannerisms but becoming so rich and full (Dia De Enero) or soft and cute (Obtener Un Si) depending on what it takes to best serve the song.
Each song here is well crafted, lovingly produced and performed.
This may not reach the dizzying heights of "Donde Estan Los Ladrones", but this one just might age better.
This is really good stuff...I cannot WAIT for Volume 2, which I understand is all new songs, all in English...should be interesting, no?
On the wistful ballads "Obtener Un Sí (To Obtain a Yes)" and "En Tus Papilas (In Your Pupils)," she is absolutely enchanting, delivering her lines in a sensual fashion that will enamor listeners with their syrupy sentiments. The latter's chorus is particularly hard to shake.
"And there's something/Something in you/Something between the two of us/When I look in the pupils of your eyes I know that God still exists/You make him live."
Love doesn't always work out so well for the Colombian/Lebanese chanteuse, however, and she reveals this well in "La Pared (The Wall)" and "No." In the former, she makes a zealous plea for her love to reconsider leaving, for after him is nothing but a wall. In the latter she takes a much different stance, having the strength to tell her man that she must regretfully sever ties with him, for "one can't live with so much venom."
She is still able to find optimism, however, with the soaring "Las de La Intuición (Woman's Intuition)."
"I think I'm starting to understand/That we desired each other before we were born/I get the feeling the action is about to begin/And us women are the ones with intuition."
There are not as many uptempos as usual this time around. Nevertheless, the singer/songwriter gets her rock chick fix with the feisty "Escondite Inglés (English Hideout)," and lead single "La Tortura (The Torture)," featuring Alejandro Fernandez, is a slick, sexy party record that becomes addictive very soon. The latter has ridden atop Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart for weeks.
The album closes with an impressive acoustic version of "La Pared" and the Shaketon Remix of "La Tortura." A DualDisc is available with interview footage, English translations and the "La Tortura" video. "Oral Fixation, Vol. 2," the English-language counterpart to this project, will arrive in November.
Toward the end we face the flaw that she might as well skipped: "Lo imprescindible" sounds indeed quite innovative with the rapid switch of tempo, but fails to close an album that could arguably be Shakira's masterpiece.
Absolutely brethtaking moments and still a lot of fun, Fijacion oral is a delight not destines to please anyone but those who believed Shakira can go beyond mud crawling and hip shaking.
Shakira's Fijacion Oral is a profound exploration on life, love, anger and pop. Her vocals are as beautiful as ever, her lyrics are more poetic, deeper, and much more refined than her past efforts. I am also amazed at how melancholic this album is. Seldom do latin artist made sad records, for fear of losing public and this is exactly what it is. I wouldn't be surprised if younger audiences who jumped on this album for "la tortura" would completely ignore the rest of the songs.
Expect slow to mid tempo'ed songs, some electronic elements a la "Si" by Julieta Venegas. There are references to Britpop, Streisand, chessy 70's pop rock, french pop rock (Emilie Simons), and some synth/goth pop ("lo imprescindible'), and maybe a little New Wave (Escondite Ingles). Gustavo Cerati's collaboration can be felt in the chorus of Un Dia Especial (if you've never heard Gustavo Cerati, check out his solo and Soda Stereo work) and track "No" is moving enough in melody and lyrics to bring anyone to tears.
The production on this is also amazing, even though songs vary greatly in style it manages to sound cohesive and fluid (unlike Madonna's Bedtime Stories).
Not only does Shakira prove she's not trying to be Britney but that actually has a vast musical language and that she feels comfortable in any music style, but that she is a real artist that still has much much more to sing about, and even more importantly, that we will want to listen to what she sings.
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