Limited Edition with a bonus DVD featuring interview and behind-the-scenes footage. Shakira returns with part one of a recording spree she conducted after her last world tour. 'Fijacion Oral' (meaning Oral Fixation') Volume 2 will be released later on in 2005.
It's thrilling--in any language--to hear new music from Colombian superstar Shakira. And it's been a long time coming. Shakira's English crossover opus, Laundry Service
, was released in 2001. The Spanish Donde Estan Los Ladrones
came three years before that. Fijacion Oral, Volumen 1
is the first of two new discs; an English counterpart is due in November. Shakira's bleating, biting voice is in fine form, and it gives the material an electric urgency. She's girlish and innocent during the glittering "Dia de Enero" and sensual and seductive amid the thundering beats of "Lo Imprescindible." A talented stable of producers, including former Soda Stereo vocalist Gustavo Cerati, has swathed Shakira in rhythm-based arrangements. But the album's best moments come when she channels her inner--and innate--rock goddess. "La Tortura" is a hurts-so-good break-up duet with Alejandro Sanz, and "Escondite Ingles" rides a beach-party guitar groove. Includes a bonus DVD featuring the "La Tortura" video, "The Making of Fijacion OraI" and "Conversation with Sanz". --Joey Guerra