I have been a fan of Shakira since I first heard “Si Te Vas” and fell in love with the CD Donde Estan Los Ladrones. Her Spanish-language recordings exhibit such fire and raw emotion that transcends the language barrier.
In early 2005, Shakira released Fijacion Oral Vol. 1 and “La Tortura” (featuring Alejandro Sanz) was a huge international hit. I was expecting some of the passion on volume 2.
The problem is that on her Spanish-language recordings, Shakira exhibits such heart and drive and solidifies each number with a bout of confidence. At best, Shakira is shaky on her English-language recordings. Any fan of her entire catalog will agree; Shakira lacks the same intimacy when singing in English.
Now that I have put this disclaimer aside, there are a few songs worthy of consideration.
First single, “Don’t Bother,” has taken a rough road to the charts. Radio is not playing like they had “La Tortura” and her English-language hits from Laundry Service. Albeit a departure for Shakira, give the track additional spins and it will soon become a favorite.
My favorite song from Oral Fixation Vol. 2 is “How Do You Do”. This is by far one of Shakira’s most introspective songs to date. I find it totally intriguing and hope that this is chosen as a radio single.
I suppose any contemporary Latin crossover CD would not be complete without the touch of Mr. Carlos Santana. No need to worry, Shakira has harnessed his guitar riffs for “Illegal”.
I also enjoy that track, “Something”. I imagine that most agree that there is something intriguing about hearing Shakira speak a foreign tongue; even if this time it is a brief introduction in French. This song definitely captures an international flavor which makes it appealing to me.
“Timor” is an excellent choice to close Oral Fixation Vol. 2. This song exudes a retro-feel with a vibrant dance beat and a rock edge. DJ’s would be wise to remix and spin in clubs.