Fijación Oral, Vol. 1

Fijación Oral, Vol. 1

by ShakiraShakira
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Overview

Colombian star Shakira generally gets her own way, and when the singer-songwriter proposed, counter to all industry practices, to follow up a hit English-language debut with a Spanish-language record three years later, it caused some head-scratching. But a hit video (the first Spanish-language song to chart on MTV's TRL) is just the first suggestion that Shakira knows best. Laundry Service was admirable if occasionally clumsy, but Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 shows her at her confident best. The fast-rising single, "La Tortura," features Spanish heartthrob Alejandro Sanz and a mix of club beats and Colombian accordion and percussion, indicative of the wide range of styles on the album, if not its overall sound. With executive production from Rick Rubin and, on two songs, co-production from Soda Stereo's Gustavo Cerati, Fijación Oral (Aural?) is experimental but focused, alternating strummy ballads with more rhythmic material. "Tortura" is certainly a standout, but the best track is "Día Especial." With Cerati's input, it sports an airy majesty typical of his Argentine supergroup, or early U2. "Escondite Ingles" is the album's sole rocker, a high-energy mix of surf rock and new wave that recalls songs from Laundry Service. There's nothing as exuberant as that album's "Wherever, Whenever" -- maybe that's waiting on Volume 2. But the singular vision of Shakira Mubarak, as singer, songwriter, and performer, hasn't come across this strongly in a while, and it needs no translation.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/2005
Label: Epic Japan
UPC: 4547366021943
catalogNumber: 542
Rank: 147924

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shakira   Primary Artist
Gary Foster   Flute
Rene Toledo   Acoustic Guitar
Bruce Dukov   Concert Comedienne
Alejandro Sanz   Guitar,Tres Cubano,Guest Appearance
Paul Bushnell   Bajo Sexto
Jorge Calandrelli   Metales
Dave Carpenter   Bajo Sexto
Luis Conte   Percussion
Pete Davis   Trumpet,Keyboards
Victor Indrizzo   Percussion,Bateria
Charles Loper   Trombone
Warren Luening   Flugelhorn
Lester Mendez   Keyboards
Jonathan Mover   Bateria
Teddy Mulet   Trumpet
Shawn Pelton   Percussion,Bateria
Archie Pena   Percussion
Ramon Stagnaro   Guitar
Lyle Workman   Guitar
Frank Morrocco   Accordion
Gustavo Cerati   Guitar,Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Tony Reyes   Guitar,Keyboards
Chris Chaney   Bajo Sexto
David Alsina   Bandoneon
Humberto (Kiro) Judex   Accordion
Steve Kajula   Flute
Bob McChensay   Trombone

Technical Credits

Terry Manning   Engineer
Alejandro Sanz   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Jorge Calandrelli   String Arrangements,Orchestra Director
Pete Davis   Programming
Rob Jacobs   Engineer
Kevin Killen   Engineer
Lester Mendez   Composer,Programming,Producer
Rick Rubin   Executive Producer
Shakira   Composer
Gustavo Cerati   Composer,Programming,Producer
Mauricio Guerrero   Engineer
Iker Gastaminza   Engineer
Luis Fernando Ochoa   Composer
Carlos Paucar   Engineer
Joe Wohlmuth   Engineer
Tim LeBlanc   Engineer
José DeJesús Rosales "Halcón Dorado" Torres   Programming,Remixing
Gelipe Alvarez   Programming
Gian Arias   Programming
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction

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