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  • Summary: The first of two planned 2005 releases for the Colombian pop star is this Spanish-language disc, with its English counterpart due in the fall.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Just knowing Shakira is still in the world and capable of making albums as inspired and assured as "Fijacion Oral Vol 1" is like finding out ABBA are reforming or that the real Michael Jackson was kidnapped and replaced with an evil imposter shortly after making "Thriller".
  2. Shakira's finest work to date. [17 June 2005, p.79]
  3. So if you approach Fijación Oral expecting it to be Laundry Service Revisited you will not be happy. If, on the other hand, you can just listen to it without holding a lot of preconceived "this is not what Shakira is supposed to sound like" ideas, you will have one hell of a good time.
  4. 80
    It's more consistent than Laundry Service, and maybe even more irresistible. [Jul 2005, p.120]
  5. Given the strength of this album, it's hard to wait for the second part to arrive.
  6. Tunes such as "Escondite Ingles" work in any language, mixing mad Latin percussion with big rock riffs and Carribbean rhythms.
  7. Strikes a nice balance between Shakira's more straightforward earlier sound and the bluster of her big crossover hits. [Aug/Sep 2005, p.122]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 93
  2. Negative: 4 out of 93
  1. JoseManuelQ
    Jun 17, 2005
    10
    its fabolus!i the best spanish record in some many times , i love her
  2. JohanaJ
    Jun 17, 2005
    10
    The best album ever, you have to hear each and distinct song to be delighted of this Art Work.
  3. DarrenR
    Aug 26, 2008
    10
    I think it's interesting how the average score given to this album by critics is over 10% lower than the user score . . . in my opinion I think it's interesting how the average score given to this album by critics is over 10% lower than the user score . . . in my opinion this is evidence that critics don't always know what they're talking about. This album is destined to be a classic in every sense, more than can be said about just about every album released in the last several years. There are other artists who may be more popular (though that's hard to imagine in this case, at least internationally), or more critically acclaimed, but most of them get dull after repeated listenings. This album gets better every time I hear it, something that I can say about very few albums at all (and something that surprises me greatly given the way Shakira's music is packaged to American audiences like it's no different from any other pop singer like [insert random female pop singer here]). Such a classification of her music might make sense if you're talking about her English-language stuff, but her voice really works much better speaking her native language and combined with her songwriting abilities puts this album on an entirely different level. Expand
  4. JorgeS
    Jun 19, 2005
    10
    She's pretty, her music is nice and this C.D is diferent and special, this is good.
  5. AbeS
    Aug 26, 2005
    10
    I love this CD! I can't wait untill her next one comes out. I will for sure buy it.
  6. DavidC.
    Jun 16, 2005
    10
    This will become a classic spanish album, no doubt. No spanish album collection can be complete without it. It is so different from what This will become a classic spanish album, no doubt. No spanish album collection can be complete without it. It is so different from what we're usually accustomed to in latin music. Shakira is a great lyricist and this is very evident on this album. She is very ecclectic and succeeds in every genre she tackles in these songs. The best tracks are En tus pupilas, La pared (both versions), La tortura, No, Dia especial and Dia de enero. Although these are my favs, I must stress that every song is a good listen and that it's impossible to want to skip any of them. Even if you don't understand spanish, the music in itself is enough to want the album and the emotion she expresses is unlike no other pop music artist. If you absolutely need to know what she's saying, there are translations on her official website and DualDisc version of the album. You will not regret buying this album... I promise!!!! Expand
  7. AnaD
    Jun 21, 2005
    0
    Boring and stupid music...

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