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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. Entertainment Weekly
    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. Blender
    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. Paste Magazine
    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: 89 out of 96
  2. Negative: 4 out of 96
  1. JoseManuelQ
    Jun 17, 2005
    its fabolus!i the best spanish record in some many times , i love her
  2. CecileM
    Jun 16, 2005
    Sweetest latin pop-rock album to my ears. Ooooh, so sexy and danceable... and emotive at the same time!
  3. DarrenR
    Aug 26, 2008
    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. elsya
    Jun 19, 2005
    shakira is great, as her name full of grace.
  5. joea
    Sep 24, 2005
  6. Jun 6, 2018
    wonderful skills at writing. Every song has a special meaning and is connected to the last one.
  7. AnaD
    Jun 21, 2005
    Boring and stupid music...

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