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Oral Fixation Vol. 2

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World Music album by Shakira

The English-languageOral Fixation Vol. 2finds Shakira reclaiming some of the bite she showcased on 1998's smashingDonde Estan Los Ladrones?The Colombian rock goddess is making up for lost time: this is her second disc of new material in 2005. It's quite … see full wiki

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1 review about Oral Fixation Vol. 2

"Shakira is one unique Latino flavoring up this album!"

  • Jun 6, 2006
Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 is a bit of a surprise: it's a deadly serious, ambitious pop/rock 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 short description of Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 in general -- it's pop, but it's unconventional.

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 FijaciĆ³n 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: "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 FijaciĆ³n Oral.

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Oral Fixation Vol. 2
Label: Sony
Artist: Shakira
Release Date: April 18, 2006

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