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CD Review: Shakira – Oral Fixation Vol. 2

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Shakira. You’ve no doubt heard of this Latin sensation by now, unless you’re living in a cave. And if you have Internet access, I’m still unsure as to why you haven’t heard of her. I’ve liked Shakira’s songs ever since her debut English album “Laundry Service.” I listened to her singles occasionally and was always very impressed that she wrote her own lyrics even though English isn’t her first language. In a day and age where we can’t get anyone to write their own lyrics (Madonna and Britney Spears come to mind), it’s refreshing to see someone who is creative, has an extensive vocabulary in the English language, and who has a very new way of singing, putting her talent where it belongs: in the mainstream.

This is the first Shakira album I’ve ever bought, and I loved it. Here’s a track-by-track album review:

1. How Do You Do — This song is absolutely fantastic. It begins with a mock Greek choir singing the Lord’s Prayer, a church bell, and quite the interlude. The song begins with Shakira asking God what language he speaks, a series of questions that I’ve often wondered myself, and some I never even thought to ask. She also asks him if ever cries (with quite a catchy sped-up chorus telling him that she sometimes cries). She also asks if he feels pride, or shame, when people kill and hurt in his name. It’s an extremely powerful song, and I can’t think of a single pop song that was more meaningful than this.
10/10

2. Don’t Bother — This song is also very interesting. Shakira is (presumably) talking about a woman her previous boyfriend moved onto. This song mainly talks about how much better the girl mentioned before is “far better” than Shakira herself. Shakira sounds very bitter in this song. She’s either a very good storyteller or the guy she’s talking about was an idiot. Sorry, but I could never dump Shakira.
8/10

3. Illegal In “Illegal” — This is a song with the very talented Carlos Santana playing guitar. It is a slow ballad with Shakira talking to an ex-boyfriend. I didn’t really care for this song, but it’s pretty different (something you can always count on from Shakira).
6/10

4. The Day and Time — This one’s another love ballad from Shakira. I’m a little biased with love songs. They’re just not for me, especially the sad ones that make you think. It’s a good chorus, good songwriting (as usual), and good singing. Not my favorite, though.
7/10

5. Animal City — This is quite a song! It’s the most creatively composed song on the album and probably one of the most creative songs out this year. She tells her audience how it feels to be a celebrity, that people want to grab your money, and how to survive the apparently stressed life of being a celebrity (and trust me, I know from expierience — it’s no picnic!). One of the most humorous lines of this song, you ask me? By far, “And once you have become a star, you’ve got no right to bitch.” If only certain celebrities could keep this in mind. I won’t name names. (Britney Spears, Jennifer Aniston, Paris Hilton…)
8/10

6. Dreams For Plans — I did not like this track at all. It’s total filler. Just skip this track, I ask of you.

3/10

7. Hey You — One thing you can always count on Shakira for is a creative ballad. In this one, Shakira is talking to a man she wants to be with. Her not-usually-seen arrogance is seen here, and I gotta admit, I love it! The chorus consists of Shakira telling whoever she’s talking with to stop playing adamant and not to be so arrogant. She says no one would ever refuse her offer (some of which includes her being his maid), and I have to confess, I wouldn’t refuse myself.
8/10

8. Your Embrace — De-press-ing. That’s all I can say about this. Slow and, I must reiterate, depressing. She’s talking to some man who she’s lonely without. I didn’t like this one.
4/10 for good songwriting.

9. Costume Makes the Clown — This song was pretty damn good. She’s addressing a man she cheated on. The beginning starts out with confessions. The first one tells us that she’s not really comfortable with her breasts (a reference to her hit single “Whenever, Wherever” from her first English album Laundry Service). She tells us she wants to take her makeup off and show whom she really is. She tells the man she’s addressing that it’s his turn to cheat on her. I have to say, Shakira may be morbid, but she’s very, very interesting.
8/10

10. Something — A pretty interesting song. Shakira is addressing her boyfriend (as usual) and tells him everything she loves about him, including the shape of his lips, the size of his nose, and even the smell of his breath. Judging from the chorus, she can’t resist him.
7/10

11. Timor — This is, by far, my second favorite on the album. With an 80’s new wave beat and a child chorus singing “Timor” in the beginning, I knew this was going to be different from the start. “Timor” is a protest song referring to the independence of the country East Timor, how it was huge news a couple of years ago when it happened, but now that they’re in poverty and in less-than-pleasing conditions, everyone has forgotten about them. It’s more than that, though. Shakira brings to light a lot of things that are wrong with the world’s society. This song is extremely sarcastic and I love it. She begins by saying that the system never fails, that “The good guys are in power, and the bad guys are in jail,” and that everything’s all right so long as everyone can vote because we live in democracy and “That’s what we promote.” She asks why no one cares that the news says “half the truth” and tells us that hearing what we want is the secret of eternal youth. She says we don’t care if the planet splits in three, since she’ll keep selling records and we’ve all got our MTV. I think that’s a very powerful message that we need to get out to teenagers and Shakira’s peers. This song was absolutely great. I would’ve paid twenty bucks for this song alone, but I only had to pay 14!
10/10

Overall, this album is great. There are a few unnecessary filler songs and too many love songs for my own personal taste, but the good outweighs the bad. Shakira is a very talented woman. She writes her own lyrics, she can dance, she has an IQ of a genius (140 if you want to be picky about it), she plays guitar, and she’s gorgeous! Who could ask for more? Not I.

By all means, pick this album up! If all you’ve heard from her so far is “Don’t Bother” and “Hips Don’t Lie” (a bonus track on this album) and liked it, then you have no idea what you’ve been missing out on. Pick it up. Today!

Total Album Score: 8/10

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  • Sarah Ure

    ERM, check the credits for Madonna’s albums. She writes and co-writes nearly all of her songs. In interviews all of her producers over the past few decades all say she plays a heavy creative role in the writing AND production of the songs. By the way, Shakira’s English albums are mediocre tripe compared to her Spanish albums. Check out “Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1″ and “Dónde Están los Ladrones?”

  • http://theallinoneblog.blogspot.com Casey

    Heh!

    “Co-writes” is hardly “writing” her own songs. Her producers were talking about her music video concepts. Madonna may tell the writers what she wants them to write about, but as far as the actual rhyming…no.

    “By the way, Shakira’s English albums are mediocre tripe compared to her Spanish albums. Check out “Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1″ and “Dónde Están los Ladrones?””

    Yes, I’ve heard a few songs from both albums. They’re good, but Shakira’s more social in her English albums, though she lacks the same amount of confidence as she displays in her Spanish albums.

  • Nancy El Khoury

    I personally think Shakira is overrated and overestimated. She doesn’t know half of what God is, so she shouldn’t go writing songs thinking she is better than Him.

  • http://www.beautifulatrocities.com beautifulatrocities

    I thought this CD was terrible, especially since she took 4 years to follow up her last English CD. In fact, it sucked so bad that Sony made her record Hips Don’t Lie – written by Anyone But Shakira – to salvage it.

    Like Thalia, Shakira’s Spanish music is much more interesting than her ‘crossover’ stuff. It’s not just a matter of changing the lyrics. In Shakira’s case, she completely changed her personality & look (she was the Alannis of Latin America), & Thalia has yet to find a way to translate her exuberant personality to an English-speaking audience.

  • http://blogcritics.org/mt/mt-comments.php?mode=url&cid=361302 Casey

    Thanks for the comments everybody.

    Nancy, I’m genuinely curious as to why you think Shakira assumes she’s better than God.

  • jammin

    LOL! Madonna writes lyrics AND melodies. Everybody is so jealous of her just because she’s still one of the most successful entertainers after three decades. EVERY producer says she has a major creative roll. They come up with the music, she comes up with the melody and lyrics. Shakira, by the way, is a no-talent goat. She can’t dance, can’t sing, and is an insult to talented latinas out there.

  • ihateoreilly

    Casey:

    Hate to inform you, but Madonna writes most of her lyrics and melodies: every producer she works with notes this. She doesn’t write the music, but I’m sure she has say in what goes along. Shakira, on the other hand, is a no-talent, washed-up, has-been performer. It’s sort of interesting. I was at Coachella this weekend. Usually, 40,000 tickets are sold for the show. When Madonna appeared, 68,000 showed up. Now, lets move onto Madonna’s tour. The initial dates in mid size venues (15,000 seating) sold out INSTANTLY at 350.00 a ticket. There are still some tickets left for additional dates, but those will sell out soon. Will Shakira ever earn that success? I love how she has to hire rent-a-rapper in order to get a hit. “Hips Don’t Lie” sounds like a goat being raped.

  • http://alienboysworld.blogspot.com Christopher Rose

    I love Shakira’s work in both Spanish and English. She’s a great singer but also writes great songs.

  • TomUk

    Well you can hardly say that Madonna is not talented in writing good pop songs, but as for Shakira’s rent-a-rapper, I don’t think Madonna is a stranger to going to tackier methods when her career is not going so well.

    Reverting to dancing around in pink underwear to an ABBA sample song springs to mind, (let alone the whole sex book nonsense) after her personal and political ‘American Life’ album failed to ignite the charts. At least Shakira still sticks to her guns and would include songs provoking arguments on her album, as well as filling the dance floor.

    As for Shakira’s success, there can be no doubt of that. She has sold a phenomenal amount of records, also being a lot younger than Madonna, and does not rely on pre recorded vocals for some songs in her tour, after charging £160 per ticket. Is that success or fraud?

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    Shakira’s voice is amazing, whether she writes her own songs or not. The bizarre attempt by commenters to create some sort of bizarre competition between an old-timer and a newcomer is pointless.

  • http://blogcritics.org/author.php?author=Casey%20Lunkley Casey Lunkley

    “Will Shakira ever earn that success? I love how she has to hire rent-a-rapper in order to get a hit.”

    If we based talent on success, the world would be fucked. Aretha Franklin never made it up to the “success” Madonna has. Are you saying Aretha is less talented than Madonna?

    “Rent-a-rapper”? Do you know what “rent-a-rapper” she was using? Wyclef Jean from one of the greatest rap groups of all time.

    Do some research.

  • ihateoreilly

    Sorry, Shakira is a goat, period. No Talent at all. She’s the latina Britney Spears.

  • http://blogcritics.org/author.php?author=Casey%20Lunkley Casey Lunkley

    lol. Since when does Britney Spears write her own albums (and some of the actual music), have a genius IQ, and get active in charity work?

    Delusional much?

  • omar

    I love Shakira, she is a phenomenal singer, looks like a supermodel-even without makeup-, and has a great mind to go with it all. And to top it all off, she can bellydance like no other person I’ve seen, and I love it. Her voice is so interesting and just takes command of any song and makes it great. I love all her work!

  • Nick Rhall

    Shakira’s music is great. She’s now between the most important females artist in the world, and her music is going to live on.

  • fiaxtion

    shakira rocks, she is the best, very talented girl, I love it, nobody can`t deny that. oral fixation is a master piece!. visit http://www.shakiramedia.com, is the more complete site in the web about her, you can download many videos and get the latest news. go.

  • disturbed666

    lol.
    shakira is the only that
    sing
    write
    produce
    dance
    play
    create

    her own music
    tell the other that can do this??
    also she speak 4 lenguage
    help her own country

  • Lola

    I used to like Shakira, but lately, her voice has become soooo boring and it seems the only way she became popular was because of her dancing. Her voice is so annoying that now I can’t stand listening to her. She sounds like a goat baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

  • Marc

    Ok, Is it just me or Shakira is becoming a copycat.
    When I heard “Hips don’t lie” it reminded me of “Amores como el nuestro” by Jerry Rivera, a salsa singer.
    She has other songs that remind me of the Cranberries, The Cure, and Diego Torres (another latinamerican singer).
    I hate copycats!

  • TomUk

    It’s you.

  • ronrique

    Omar Alfano is the producer of Amores Como El Nuestro which Shakira (and whoever produced Hips Don’t Lie) obviously stole from to form that great beat. The Wyclef Jean addition is brilliant (bias… I’m a Fugee fan).
    There are samples from various other artists in her music, but she always makes each song her own due to her exceptional lyrics. I do listen to hip hop where music from other artist is sampled like it was going out of style.

    English Shakira is no comparison to Spanish Shakira, in english it seems she is out for the $$$ (you go girl!!!).

  • redredpr

    Well I only liked one Shakira’s song, she do not have a great voice, some times she souds like a goat, i agree that her first albums were better, and of course were in spanish. I dont like the fact that she used lines from Jerry Rivera, Amores como el nuestro wihtout permition, and the other dominican artist, she should try to be original, and she is not being original, specially when you dont ask permission to use something that is not yours. Another thing she is pretty but she dresses horribly.

    red

  • TomUk

    Well Hips Don’t Lie is not an original song, it is a reworking of a Wyclef Jean song appearing on the Dirty Dancing II soundtrack called “Dance Like This”. The song contains samples as well. Perhaps these accusing artists should take the issue up with Wyclef, as it was originally his song…

    It is just a fun song that Shakira and her record company have released to get attention for her original English album “Oral Fixation Vol. 2″, seeing as ‘Don’t Bother’ failed to do so. It is a business venture, which will work. I don’t take the song that seriously as it isn’t an original Shakira song, but it’s great on the dance floor!

    Shakira will always make her albums her own and they will always contain more intelligent songs like Timor, Octavo Dia and How do you do. This is unlike Madonna or Kylie who have both released albums that are pure no-brainer pop in their entirety and aimed at surefire ‘appealing to the masses’ albums, so therefore Shakira is seen by millions as something completely different to these artists as she will always have songs with an edge.

    Her voice? You either like it or you don’t, but she’s not going to change it :)

  • Georgette Wilson

    I think Shakira is a copy cat and I enjoy observing the transformations she has made while seeking fame and fortune. Like Madonna, I feel Shakira is one of the most overrated performers out there. I especially laugh at the gypsy/rocker/bellydancer sex pot fashion statements with the leather,lace, bare midriff and bare feet- also the blond Pepsi Britney phase was ugly as well (Estafan what were you thinking?). Let’s face it folks, she is no rocker even with the T-shirts and Rick Ruben. I would say she is trying to improve, but still missing the mark on the whole. Even her song titled “Timor” seems hollow and shallow to me within the context of the messenger. I am thankful for her humanitarian work in Colombia- it is the least she can do after moving to her mansion in Miami and making millions. Hip’s don’t lie is a very cheesy number but I’m glad Wyclef can boost her sales and remind us of how sexy Shaki is. I don’t know why Madonna bothers calling herself an artist and I don’t know why Shakira bothers either and yet they insist upon their greatness- Don’t Bother- we’ll be fine without listening to their oral fixations.

  • lestat

    umm well
    shakira is the only pop singer with brain

  • Shakiteta

    I’m spanish and I have to say that I hate Shakira’s music, I agree with the fact that she’s a copycat, years ago she tried to be the Alanis latina, then Britney Spears latina, now what?, she released Don’t Bother and flopped in the charts, now she re-released the album now with “Hips dont lie” stealing music from other importan latin musicians.

    I don’t know if you know this guys but Gloria Estefan translated all the songs of her first english album, oops

  • shakiteta

    weel, a person left a message in a Shakira forum, they will be posting things like “Shakira is a a genius”, but well, we all know how pathetic Shakira is.

    the only pop singer with brain?, yeah with a brain of roach.

  • http://blogcritics.org/author.php?author=Casey%20Lunkley Casey Lunkley

    You have to wonder though, if she can spell lyrics properly.

    Seems as though you can’t.

  • lestat

    roach????
    is the most clever that you can say?
    tell the other speak 4 lenguage
    write songs and poem
    sing
    dance

  • Shakiteta

    has anyone heard the spanish version of Hips don’t lie?

    “Senorita feel te conga, mueve tu cintura como toda colombia”

    haha, that’s the dumbest thing I have heard ever!

  • lestat

    Shakiteta!
    that’s the dumbest thing I have heard ever

  • scooby

    I’m glad that you had agreed with me, thanks

  • TomUK

    How ridiculous to say that Shakira is obliged to be involved in humanitarian aid just because she made a lot of money. I think you’ll find she has worked hard all her life for that money.

    Glora Estefan translated ONE song – Whenever Wherever, into English for he BI-lingual album ‘Servicio de lavendaria / Laundry Service’.

    As for stealing other latin artists’ music for Hips Don’t Lie – it’s a COVER song.

  • Yoyo

    Gloria Estefan translated everything, the same Gloria talked about it, I have a tape, if you wanna see it ….

  • reggie von woic

    Moving to her videos, Hips don’t lie (fan version) was an excellent touch.

  • tutiftuti

    yeah, an excellent touch of vulgarity.

  • Sylvia

    Uhm… I’m a Colombian Girl… Shakira Always has been a Genius Girl, Really… She writes her music since she had as 10 years old… She can dance, she can sing… She lives for our country… and let me say you something…

    shakiteta people like u make me sick, Because u said that you are Latin… and u hate Shakira?? c’mon! She Makes Latin people feel very proud. does not matter if you like or don’t like her or her music, but you should have respect to her.

  • Shakiteta

    Sorry but I’m not proud about Shakira, she’s not a great singer and she’s always dancing like a slut, why should I respect her?, only because she’s latina?, that’s no a reason to respect anyone!!!!, what’s wrong with you?

    a genius girl?, haha, that’s insane, the most of her lyrics are quite dumbish, hello!!!!!!

  • TomUk

    Yoyo, yes send me the tape please! I love Gloria :)

    Shakiteta: I’ve heard she thinks the world of YOU and is extrememly proud. ha ha

    People are so jealous of successful people, this is what is vulgar..!

  • Pipo

    Shakira is a loser wannabe, wasn’t she trying to be the Alanis Latina, then the Janis Joplin latina, the Britney latina …….. and now what?, reggeton?, conga?, bamboo? c’mon she’s a SELLOUT.

  • reggie von woic

    And what is wrong with that, Pipo?
    Whatever she’s trying to be, i’m lovin it.

  • ReadSometimes

    “the most of her lyrics are quite dumbish, hello!!!!!!”

    Have you ever tried to understand some of her songs? Go read them and then write some of your own. You can make tons of money :)

  • Sylvia

    I only can say something… envy was finishing with the world.

    Shakiteta: mientras tu estas como tarada perdiendo tu tiempo hablando de Shakira, ella esta triunfando y dejando el nombre de los latinos muy en alto… Girl, I understand how u feel… Sorry 4 u.

  • Shakiteta

    ReadSometimes, yeah, I have read everything.

    SENORITA FEEL THE CONGA Y MUEVE TUS CHICHIS COMO TODA COLOMBIA…….

    how deep! how great! Premio Nobel for Shakira, senorita feel the conga, hahahahah DUMBISH!

  • Pipo

    Reggie, if you love sluts you’re going to love her.

  • TomUk

    No Nobel prizes yet, only multiple grammys for songs like Octavo Dia. And what’s wrong with a song about moving your body? You should try it sometime! :)

    PS How can you criticise other’s writing when you say words like ‘dumbish’?

  • Shakiteta

    Tomuk, are you expecting a Nobel Prize for Shakira? hahaha, sorry but they still don’t invent the “mueve las tetas” award. LOL

    Shakira is pure trashy reggeton, music for people without any kind of culture, senorita feel the conga y mueve las chichis como toda colombia.

  • LatinoPower

    Shakira se vendió al sistema, es una vendida que no merece el respeto de nadie, yo era su fan pero ahora estoy muy decepcioando de ella. =(

  • TomUk

    No, only grammys. How many grammys do you have?

  • Shakiteta

    I’m not a singer retard! who cares grammys?

  • Mark

    Off course you don’t have a grammy.. it’s for smart people ¬¬’ Sorry… Saki is a Winner and u can die writing here whatever u want… that is not gonna change.

  • BeyonceRules

    Shakira is a loser, it was quite stupid when she said that she would be the next Janis Joplin, that made me laugh a lot. poor Shakira.

  • http://blogcritics.org/author.php?author=Casey%20Lunkley Casey Lunkley

    Well this has turned into a productive debate.

    *rolls eyes*

    RE: #52

    Huh? Shakira’s at the top of the charts. And since your “name” is “BeyonceLover” I’m not sure if your opinion is warranted. It seems like you’re jealous.

  • BeyonceRules

    excuse me but Rihannna is the one who is in the top of the charts, three non-stop weeks in numero one, Shakira is #13.

    source:BILLBOARD HOT 100

  • http://blogcritics.org/author.php?author=Casey%20Lunkley Casey Lunkley

    And Shakira’s album has been out for almost 6 months.

    Point?

  • Ernesto Che Guavara Pinto

    Thanks A lot to Shakira for Promoting My beloved country “East Timor” as what those english people spell it OR “TIMOR LESTE” as what those portoguese speaking countries spell…..
    first I’m really proud of her for being making this album successful……..

    Before i liked shakira’s musics and yeah…. i like it….. and very often i listened to the musics she sang….. but when i heard that in her new album there is a special songs which is titled by “TIMOR” ,,,, it makes me proud and excited……..
    but anyway i like it very much………

    Thank YOU Shakira……….
    for your contributions….
    I’ll never forget this song……
    and now i’m trying to memorize the lyrics and hopefuly i will be able to sing it……..

    once again thanks SHAKIRA……
    Vivi latina e Viva Timor……

  • Ernesto Che Guavara Pinto

    yeah….. Shakira keep it up and never give up….. i believe You still be able to do something better for yourself specially in your carrier and do something better for the world…..

    Keep it up shakira……
    do not listen to the comments form other people,…

    VIVA Shakira…….

  • ex-fan

    I used to love her but now she really sucks, her voice is so annoying, I can’t deal with that man!

  • musicFAN

    hey Marc, I agree with you, she’s so fucking copycat, she should be original, IMO she’s totally irrelevant.

  • Mark

    Stop it! Shakira is not a Copycat… Is Madonna a Copycat?? she used the fucking Abba Rhythm … no… Madonna is not a Copycat and Shakira Neither.

    You Guys have to learn a lot of music. Shakira and Madonna Styles are diferents… and they’re greats singers…

  • Shakiteta

    where are you from retard? Madonna is a worldwide pop icon, Shakira is nothing compared to Madonna, hello!

  • Pit Mut

    I am not a big fan of her voice. One minute it’s soft and sweet, and then it totally changes into this creepy, deep `Trying To Sing While Puking` voice, like she’s going through puberty and her voice is changing.

  • TomUk

    Both Madonna and Shakira have their own merits. By the looks of things, I doubt there has been much education going on in the lives of those above, slating a successful artist, and throwing around hilariously faux-English insults :)

  • shaki-cool

    Shakira is TRASH. sorry man.

  • Pit Mut

    Are you deaf, or just have no idea what we’re talking about, Tom UK.

  • TomUk

    I do know what you’re talking about with the voice, yes. It’s all down to personal taste I think. Millions in every continent obviously disagree with you though, thankfully :)

  • Pit Mut

    Well it is a personal thought thing, I agree with that, but remember that people all over continents all over the world dissagree with you also. ;)

  • p

    you guys are all wrong
    shut up and stop arguing
    if you dont like her music then dont listen to it ( nobody’s forcin you ) and if you love it then keep listening to it
    why you keep arguing back and forth to people you dont even know?

  • foxychic

    I don’t know what I was expecting. Most of the lyrics were beautiful and kind of emotional, but I just didn’t really like any of the tunes, with exception of “Hips Don’t Lie”..I don’t want to be bogged down in it. If anyone wants a free CD – email me. I’ll be glad to mail it to ya. Sorry if I hurt you fans, but that is my honest opinion.

  • tabata

    No seriously. I’m a huge Shakira fan. We’re both from the same town in Colombia.
    I’ve been trying to get American audiences to listen to her for years, and no one was happier than I when she finally hit.
    I belong to the fan club.
    She had me at “Hello.”

    I really enjoyed “Fijacion Oral, Vol.1″, and I naturally assumed I was gonna love this too. I even said so in my Amazon review way back when. But I slipped this into my car CD player, and…

    …nothing.

    I mean sure, it’s impeccably produced and played, and I love her voice with all its’ quirks and swoops. She could sing my tax form and I’d love it.

    But nothing jumped out as being “awesome” or “amazing”…things I’ve come to expect with each of her releases. Beginning with “Pies Descalzos”, she has compiled a staggering catalog of quality albums. Even her Unplugged disc is one of the best they’ve ever done.

    “Don’t Bother” is a weak single. The first one off this record should have been “bigger”, yet I don’t know which other one to pick.
    There are a couple of interesting things on the album…I mean, this isn’t by any means a BAD record…it’s just not nearly as good as anything else she’s done in years.

    Carlos Santana’s cameo in “Illegal” is typically nice. The two Spanish-to-English conversions work, for the most part…actually I think “Something” improves on its’ predecessor.

    But the melodies aren’t as catchy…overall, the songs themselves just aren’t as good as on Volume 1.

    I waited so long for this record…it just bums me out that I’m going to have to wait that much longer for the next one…

    Shakira fans will have to have this…no question. I would have bought this record even if I read that this was the worst album since “Glitter”. But this is not going to add any fans to her already immense following…

  • jimmyman

    this album came out before a lot of us even knew Hips Don’t Lie existed, so don’t think I’m basing this reveiew because of that. The reason this album only get’s two stars is because it’s not as good as Shakira could have done. She’s off to a wonderful start, but she could have kept going. And again I’ll say, I would have been alright with her waiting to release this album just so we could have Hips Don’t Lie included on it. Considering she hadn’t released a Spanish album in like six years before OF1 came out, I think the Amercian fans could have waited in line!

  • bayblue

    shakira fails in her pronunciation and with all these bad english in her exceptional voice is a mistake

  • sad

    I wanted to like this thing so much. But I really just don’t care about it much. It is surely competent, but it doesn’t have much of the magic you can hear in Shakira songs. The two English versions of songs from Vol. 1 are not quite as good here. There are no obvious singles. (The hit video is lame, as well.) I might like it more if I didn’t have the other Shakira albums to compare it to, and my expectations were not so high. But she is Shakira. We expect better.

  • r&b

    This album is lacking in something. Sure, it’s good, but the punchy attitude from the tracks on “Laundry Service” is missing. Shakira sounds uninspired on some of the tracks, and some are very boring and dull. What happened to the attitude filled Shakira, that showed through in songs like “Objection (Tango),” “Eyes Like Yours” and “Rules”?

  • feelit

    It is awful. I LOVED “Laundry Service” and was hoping for a good follow up but this isn’t it. Not one song from this album will make it on to my iPod and I can’t remember the last album I bought that was that bad.

    Every song feels unfinished. Even when there is a good song, they throw something weird and out of place into it to ruin it. A weird bridge, some out of place grating vocal. I love her voice. They really had to work hard for me to find it unpleasant but they managed.

    It’s like they got bored working on a song and just quit. Someone decided the song was good enough, but unfortunately it wasn’t.

  • notthatgood

    Shakira has been trying to please American radio by singing in English which til now I CANNOT UNDERSTAND A SINGLE WORD SHE’S SAYING!!

  • NYBOY

    Shakira is an amazing artist and by no means is the rating of this album meant to imply that she’s talentless. But this album just disappoints. There are really very few songs worth mentioning and she insists on peddling her American audiences with a bleh mixture of pop/rock. Rick Rubin supposedly produced on this album, what went wrong Rick? No more mojo left for Shakira?

  • awfulTRUTH

    shakira is only famous because eMpTV made her. This is a marketing ploy by eMpTV to milk shakira for what she is worth, not much for that matter, and make you the blind mainstream music fans, beleive she can actually sing you might as well hear a goat sing if you like this crap shakira.

  • IMO

    Sonically, vol. 2 is good, but not as good as the tunes on volume 1. There is not a big smash like “La Tortura” to be had here. There’s nothing on the record that would liken a hit of that magnitude (and the lead single “Don’t Bother” is pretty non-sensational in comparison), which is ironic considering the loud production of this record. There are a lot of elements that make for an enormous pop record (big name producers, eclectic arrangements) but hearing her sing these words are distracting. Also, having Santana on the record is a bad idea. Maybe six years ago when he was more of a commodity but the guy is washed out. I wish she would get off the big commercial mode and go back to the more singer-songwriter —- that she had in the 90s.

  • Shakiteta

    Shakira is the worst of the worst, her voice sounds so terrible it’s unbearable,she makes Cher sound like Iron Maiden,god da-mn!!!!!!How any human being can even sit with headphones down and listen to this cd in it’s entierty is beyond me.Listening to shakira is worse than getting kicked in the jewls by a midget.

  • senorita

    I never liked Shakira a whole lot. I found her annoying and cheesy. When, Fijacion Oral Vol. 1 came out, i found “La Tortura” annoying too and i dismissed her again

  • santa

    the worst female performer ever seen with shrieking voice coupled withe most stupid lyrics of all time

  • OF2

    I bought this album because of “Don’t Bother.” Yes, it is the best song on the album. The rest of the songs are hardly exciting. Her lyrics are excellent, but musically, nothing really stands out. In other words, if you are wondering if you should buy this album, take a hint from the first release from this album- Don’t bother.

  • TommyYummie

    it’s still hard to try and understand some of the words she sings without reading the lyrics

  • PabloColombia

    Aside from those horrid Nike commercials that made me laugh and want to kill her at the same time, ive been hoping to like her follow up to Laundry Service. this One had such promise. Rick Ruben producing, a rock approach.. but it just comes off a bit forced. And listening to her theological critiques is like Taking Ricky Martin seriously as an artist… c’mon. Pink Floyd, you’re not. The songs just aren’t that good. I got bored first listen and was really disappointed. I like Laundry Service a lot and her first two in spanish are pretty dam-n good too. But maybe she’s trying to hard to appeal as a rock act, i dunno. Or just needs to write better songs. I guess i should have guessed from these really cheesy record covers on the “Oral” series.

  • TOMUS

    I really hate to say this but I really did not like this album. I really love Shakira since her first on stage performance of Donde Estas on Siempre en Domingo with Raul Velasco, but she has really changed a lot. She was this really shy-talented woman that produced songs that would have you standing up dancing. Oral Fixation vol.2 is soooo mellow and sad that it’s depressing to know that she went from pop/dance/arabic to early 80’s American rock. Shakira, you are columbian, please stop trying to be somebody your not. Your songs will not change who you are inside, maybe just your ‘appearance’ but thats it. Sorry, I only say this so maybe her next album is more ‘original’. Bring back the Shakira we danced to at home, in our cars, at work and in your concerts. Pleeeeaase bring her back!!!

  • Pit Mut

    To Senorita: So La Tortura was la tortura(I don’t speak Spanish, so please do not ridicule my attempt, I’m more of a German person).

  • Shakira has talent.

    The ballads might not be your favorites but everyone has their own differences so I respect that.

    Shakira is original, she WRITES her own music, directs almost all the time the insturmental part of it and his her own persona. She is unique…

    I absolutely love her… I rather have her sing like a goat then sing like Britney who doesn’t even sing live!! ::everyone AMEN!!:: lol… I LOVE HER I LOVE HER I LOVE HER…

    I love her Fundacion Pies Descalzos… I love that everytime she comes out with something its like a transition… she grows, she becomes different people in her songs…

    She faces life in different aspects, she is an observer of life in one and can be an interrogater in another…

    This girl has it going on…

    Oh.. and “renting a rapper”… ???

    Ugh… What ARTIST HAS NOT DONE THIS…

    B.S (Pharell) Xtina (Lil Kim) and the list goes on… so please… don’t use that … its a POOR excuse, actually ridiculous.

    Sorry to BREAK SOME OF UR BUBBLES… BUT BRITNEY ISNT THE ONLY ARTIST THAT MAKES UP THE MUSIC INDUSTRY… JUST BECAUSE SHAKIRA IS HERE U HAD TO COMPARE HER TO HER… GET A REAL EXCUSE TO NOT LIKE HER AND TO HATE ON HER…

    500 YEARS FROM NOW … Someone will say– “OMG… ” ________” IS COPYING BRITNEY”SPEARS… ”

    NOW THATS SAD!!!

  • Shakira-has-no-talent

    Original?, haha, Shakira was the Alanis Latina, the Britney Latina …….. she has no talent, she’s just a fat petite woman with a music contract wit SONY, that’s it.

    I HATE HER, I HATE HER, I HATE HER.

    She had to rent a rapper to get some success in US, that’s pretty lame, she tried to be a rocker but failed, now she is a reggeteonera, she has no musical direction, she isnt even beautiful so… blah

  • Shakira has talent.

    It seems as if you darling have no direction…

  • shameonshakira

    NELLY FURTADO DOES IT BETTER

  • Pit Mut

    To Shameonshakira: Wrong place, we’re complaining about Shakira here!

  • NATI

    I believe that people are confusing about the meaning of an Artinst and Entertainer. It’s for sure that Madonna sings pretty fine and is a great entertainer, I mean she must be, she have been around for a long time now, but Shakira writes, produce, dance and at the top of all that she create her own music. (By the way she plays guitar, harmonica, drums and some others percussion instruments.)

    Personally I like her voice maybe some people don’t (I can understand, people aren’t used to it), but she can sing and any professor of singing can tell you that (at the end that’s all that matters).

    Musically for me it’s perfect. People now don’t even know what music is about anymore and “music” has become very artificial. At least Shakira, as the smart person that she is, took advantage of that, mix things together and create her own thing.

    I love her lyrics she is totally honest, Shakira sings everything she feels or think and that’s great, but what I like the most about her is that she’s not looking to delight with her music anyone but herself and those who have followed her during all these years. Shakira is an artist in every sense of the word and for those who “expect more from her” you must get used to changes because Shakira does that a lot and I assure you that she will continue doing it.

    Oh and Shakira also paint but that’s not at discussion now. She’s a GREAT and TALENTED LATIN WOMAN!

    By the way I LOOOOVE Shakira’s music and it seems that some MILLIONS of people around the world also. Take that…YOU!

    I’m sorry for my English^^^^

  • Lily

    Shakira is perfection. How many of those who hate Shakira have accomplished half of what she has? How many of you have half the talent that she’s got. Shakira deserves all her success; She has talent, determination, intelligence, beauty, and she is a very hard working person.

    SHAME ON YOU!!

  • loise

    i think all of you rats who think shakira is crap need to take a look in the mirror. She is awesome and has the best vioce. peace out

  • candice

    loise u obviously dont no wat u r tlking about because i agree with every1 else that she sounds like a goat n is a copy cat!!

    candy…

  • NATI

    Hey! Copy cat of WHOM?? LOL. Oh by the way ask your singing coach -if you have one- if Shakira can sing or not(I’m sure the answer is YES)

    I agree with everyone else SHAKIRA IS GREAT!! ;)

  • martina carmela

    i think shakira is the best female artist,she is so natural,beautifull and simple there is not one of her video clip whereby she is half naked like most of the video clip nowdays i feel like the music today has really lost it´s dignity. shakira is one of the best that remains…i just adore her…

  • Nick Shortie

    Shakira sounds as if she had food stuck in her throat, god damn, swallow! I think her voice is horrible and I always change the station when I hear her. Another voice I hate is the one from Evanescense… Oh my god I need to throw up

  • http://www.apnahyderabad.com Babar Ali

    I want a free CD of Shkira’s Songs (Hip Dont Lie)
    [Personal contact info deleted]

    Regards
    Babar

  • nicktony12

    Shakira has talent period.

  • nicktony12

    I say Casey Lunkley (who wrote this article) has no business writing critics if he doesn’t understand complex literature especially Shakira. Shakira has so many hidden meanings behind her work and her lyrics that makes one think…she’s not easy to understand if you are used to listening to Madonna and Britney Spears shoot out “no thought” lyrics and put some cute backstage dancers…come on

    redo your homework Casey

  • shakira rock’s

    shakira is a great singer with soo much talent people that put her down are just mad beause they cant sing like her God gave her, her own voice and alot of people like me injoy listening to her sing so maybe you people who dont like her for who she is should give her a chance because shes great and i know that for a reason. :) lol!!!!

  • YoYo

    Shakira “sings” horrible. Her English is not fluent, but that doesn’t bother me as much as her annoying use of her voice. That’s not singing at all. It’s great music for on the dance floor and she might be a great sexy entertainer, but listening a few minutes to it with high end headphones makes me want to puke.

    People saying she’s so intelligent with a IQ of 140… That means absolutely nothing if the scale of the test is not provided. There is no standardization among test, except that the average should be around 100.

  • http://sarapp.hi5.com Sara

    SHAKIRA IS EVERYTHING IN ONE.
    SHE´S THE BEST SIMPLY BECAUSE SHE IS KNOWN ALL OVER THE PLANET WITH THAT HUGELY DIVERSE REPERTOIRE SHE HAS.
    SHAKI IS NUTS ,IT´S TRUE, ALL THE GENIUS ARE.

    YOU HATERS: FIRST LISTEN TO WHAT SHE SAYS IN HER INTERVIEWS AND THEN POST A COMMENT. YOU SAY “SHAKIRA CHANGES SO MUCH,,,SHE WANTS TO BE ALANIS … BRITNEY” “I MISS THE OLD SHAKIRA”..COME ON!!!!!.—YOU CAN´T BE STUCK IN ONE STYLE.THAT´S REALLY BORING!…SHE´S PROVED SHE CAN CHANGE LIKE A CAMELEON AND STILL BE HER.

    I am a person who has many dreams,’ Shaki explains , ‘But as soon as I accomplish one I move on to the next. That’s my fatal, absurd nature. Human beings are slaves to our dreams and I am, too. Now I think I just want to share my musical proposal in its entire form.

    THIS IS ENTIRELY MY POINT OF VIEW:SHE RECENTLY SHOWS UP HER FEMENINITY,HER SENSUALITY. WHAT´S WRONG WITH THAT? SHE´S 30 YEARS OLD NOW AND THAT´S WHAT HAPPEN TO WOMEN BIOLOGICALLY. WE BECOME MORE AWARE OF OUR SEXUALITY AT THAT AGE.. THAT CREARLY SHOWS SHAKI IS ONE OF THE MOST NATURAL ARTISTS IN THE MAINSTREAM . SHE ´S GROWN UP. SHE´S A WOMAN AND NOT ANY LONGER A TEENAGER WITH A GUITAR IN HER HANDS FULL OF MELANCOLIA BECAUSE OF A BOYFRIEND AND SELF-CONCIUSNESS. SHE SAID SHE COULD NEVER HAVE DONE OR FEEL CONFORTABLE DOING WHAT SHE DOES IN “LA TORTURA” WHEN SHE WAS 18(THE PIES DESCALZOS TIME).

    I DON´T KNOW IF YOU GET THE POINT OR….BLAH…I UNDERSTAND MYSELF.;P

    IT´S FUNNY HOW YOU PEOPLE COMPARE SHAKI WITH MADONNA.. MADONNA HAS BEEN IN THE MAINSTREAM FOR 30 YEARS(I GUESS). SHAKI IS RELATIVELY NEW . IT´S QUITE FLATTERING INDEED.

    NEVERTHELESS, SHAKIRA DOESN´T NEED TO FRENCH KISS WITH ANOTHER POP PEER IN STAGE SO SHE CAN GET ATTENTION FROM THE PUBLIC. THAT WAS UTTERLY SAD AND DESPERATE.AND NO..SHE´S NOT PLANNING TO ADOPT AN ORPHAN FROM AFRICA. NO. SHE HAS PIES DESCALZOS FUNDATION (THAT AIMS TO GIVE NUTRITION AND EDUCATION TO THE POOR KIDS IN COLOMBIA)SINCE SHE WAS 18!!!!!

    WHAT? SHAKI CAN´T DANCE?? IN WHAT PLANET DO YOU LIVE IN? Unlike almost any of her female pop peers, she doesn’t call in a score of dancers as reinforcement in her concerts. SHE ´S NEVER CALLED A COREOGRAPHER. SHE DOES ALL BY HERSELF.

    SHE SINGS LIKE A GOAT ,EY? WELL..I USED TO THINK SO AS WELL. I DIDN´T QUITE LIKE HER AT THE BEGINNING. I USED TO THINK HER VOICE WAS ANNOYING. BUT…I DON´T KNOW…I JUST FELL IN LOVE WITH HER. AFTERWARDS. HER VOICE IS SO PERSONAL, STRONG AND UNIQUE THAT THAT´S WHAT MAKES IT ALLURING .

    SHE DESPEREPERATELY NEEDED THE HELP OF A RAPPER TO SEE SUCCESS? —THAT´S ABSOLUTELY RUBBISH.
    “Hips Don’t lie; though it’s actually a remake of a not-so-memorable song by Wyclef Jean and Claudette Ortiz, Shakira’s presence turned the silly ditty into an anthem.

    Nobody has more of a right to claim the overused honorific “polyglot” than SHAKi. IT´S TRUE. WHO IS SUCCESFUL IN TWO LANGUAGES AT THE SAME TIME????? WHO?

    HATERS: KEEP SAYING NONSENSE ABOUT SHAKIRA. SHE IS AND SHE WILL HAPPILY LIVE A LIFE FULL OF LOVE AND RICHNESS (THE ONE SHE EARNED WITH HER OWN WORK)WHILE YOU ARE STILL AND WILL ALWAYS BE AVERAGE /POOR PEOPLE. TA TA

  • http://sarapp.hi5.com Sara

    PS—oh…the best i´ve heard of her. is that…instead of going SHOOOOPPPIING in every city she sings while touring, she hired a history teacher so shaki can learn a little bit more of the history of those countries.. .. … .. yeah.. SHAKIRA is a hot little weirdo.

  • boubou

    oh please sara
    she changed, that’s the reality if you don’t want to notice that,it’your problem.

    my responses:

    her career evolution seems to be commercial, i don’t think she isnot talented but she is changed a lot.you wrote because she became more mature and …..
    sorry but i watched one an interview from her where she precised she is very shy and her video clips (you know like tortura,…) are the complete opposite of her soul,her shyness
    What is this JOKE? who oblige her to make these if she is not like that?
    PLEASE, LOOK AT THAT:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6BuXub8Na8

    what is her interest to make that if she is not like that? because i don’t understand her multiple personalities

    OK with you, she doesn’t need to kiss madonna to sell her CDS but why she is unable to make a music video without shaking her ass? (except the following videos: “No” and “underneath your clothes” where she is wearing like a pin up with tons and tons of make up)
    EXPLAIN TO ME!

    look at her horrible performances on youtube, you will notice her voice is horrible when she dances and sings at the same moment!!!!! why nobody tells her : “please, listen to me: dance! STOP AND BREATHE sing!”

    you wrote she ‘s never called a choregrapher? IT’S A JOKE? you forgot bozenka, the famous bellydancer…
    BUT that’s not important,for her case, the choregraphy is necessary because od the show and her FO tour and i agree with you that she learned bellydance alone but the bellydance is an art and it’s necessary to learn how breathe,etc

    shakira multilingual? JOKE again,
    ok she sings a little bit german, french and portuguese, don’t mean she is multilingual

    she is just bilingual, sorry but it’s not incredible, i know a girl who speaks 5 languages

    nevertheless her foundation is a good thing and seems to be a nice person, but she became too commercial (that’s true)

  • Jade

    I luv shakira..i cant understand why ppl say she has no talent…First of all she is really talented..
    She is a good dancer..
    she has a very different kind of voice but thats good…
    She writes her songs herself and dosent copy things like britney nutso who shaved her hair!!!
    And her lyrics are good..i love ojos asi!!!
    and she is really caring and sweet…
    Go COLUMBIA y SHAKIRA!!!i wass born in barraquilla, columbia too…its greate!!!

  • NATI

    I’m sorry “boubou” but if you want to say something important to the world you got to sell it first. That’s the reality of ART. But don’t worry if you don’t understand this fact, because maybe art is more complex than what your mind can afford.

    Shakira is talented and SMART!!!

  • sugababe

    hi every 1 just wanna say i luv shakira and beyonces song beautiful liar

  • Colombiana

    Shakira is amazin’ some people here are envying her

  • Olympos Mons

    I doubt that very much indeed. In which way is she ‘smart’ anyhow? Is it physical smart or mental smart? If it is the latter then I see no letters after her name, no nobel prizes and a lack of technical/social papers published by her.

  • boubou

    sorry nati, but did you read what i wrote?
    i don’t think

    i didn’t say she isnot talented or isn’t a nice person but (in fact, i wrote she is nice and talented)

    i’ve said “she became too commercial”
    why she must be a bitch to sell her cds? why does she afford to touch herself (on fijacion tour or videomusic to excite the potential cunsummers?
    she wasn’t like that before so EXPLAIN TO ME THIS EVOLUTION, PLEASE BECAUSE I EXPECT YOURS ANSWERS

    she makes me to think about mariah carrey who has a great voice and who is not forced to have a bi*** attitude to sell her CD

    and escuse me again but i don’t need you to explain what is the art? ok
    i’m sure that i’m older than you, little tiny girl

  • Nati

    I already answer your question. “If you want to say something important to the world you got to sell it first.” She is a smart girl and is doing exactly that. About her attitude, well, let me tell you I’ve been her fan since her very first CD; I was just 8 years old. (Do the math if you can.) She has the same attitude and I don’t think it’s a b** attitude at all. She is just a strong woman and I’m very proud of that.

  • boubou

    ok it’s me again

    don’t worry about me i’ve got all her cd since “donde estan las ladrones” but i hate how she became like the others singers who prefer shake their ass instead of being just normal Before everybody call her “colombian alanis morisette” and now she seems to be really open, you know…

    did you watch her last music video? did you notice some difference between “estoy aqui” y “las de la intuicion”? this song is good but the video… don’t tell me, she didn’t change because her evolution is flagrant. before everybody liked her but now you can find some people who hate her and who say she changed and what is the link between the topic and the fact she is a strong woman?

    some links which explain the b*** atitude: sorry it’s in french (i speak 4 languages) 01men.com Liberation

    i hope you will understand what i want my point of view because i’m not alone to think that

  • doudou

    Yeah I agree with Boubou shakira is a superficial girl and natty you seems to be stupid to compare shakira with art. Listen to Mylene Farmer and many others and is clip and you will understand what the art means. Shakira plays alot with her body to selling her cd.
    Her music video are always the same. for succeding, she has to colored her hair to become blond and began to dance a lot. before she wasn’t like that so i’m sure she lost her identity for selling and gaining money

    it’s shoking to compare shakira to tha art: have you some notions about art? because art= originality, artistical beauty (and not superficial beauty) and it’s not her case
    shakira= beyonce, christina, it’not because she writes her lyrics that means she is not commercial

  • NATI

    All right, she has been “shaking her ass” ever since she was 4-years-old. I don’t know why you find it so surprising, “different”, and/or wrong at this point of her career but whatever. Oh and by the way it’s called Belly Dancing.

    All I’m saying is… So what if she changes the way she looks? I mean seriously, do you have the same hair cut from 10 years ago? BORING!! Her style is changing along her music; it’s refreshing and new every time she comes out with a new album.

    Now that I know what you mean about the b*** attitude… I still don’t agree. Musically speaking she’s demonstrating she has a great knowledge of the ART of music by mixing different sounds, instruments and influences. It just shows how a person and the music itself can evolve and become better without being synthetic and hollow. And even the lyrics don’t match with that attitude; Shakira’s lyrics are poetry(ART) in English and in Spanish even more. Her lyrics go from love to politic and I think that’s pretty cool.

    Finally, she is not a hundred dollar bill for everyone to like her. There’re lots of people that hate her (now and in the past). But hey! Don’t worry about it there are MILLIONS that love her and her ART… and we’ll always do. ;)

  • The other latino

    She sounds like a wounded mule . Don’t get me wrong she is hot i love the way she shakes her money maker but sounding like a wounded mule is a big turn off.

  • timor

    we hope you will be in east timor for just five minutes, just to say hellou To my country Timor Leste.

    Lov u shakira.
    by: Aboy

  • Juan Q

    Nobody knows what “God” is, or the She, He, It (S.H.I.T.)existence of, or not of… Shakira’s songs are generally cool and rythms too (but not all of them..-personal opinion)It is something I don’t care much about, like ghosts, UFO’s, bigfoot, chupacabras and the like… If it aint’ there, it aint’ there… You go girl.. Viva Shakira!!

  • Juan Q

    By the way it really sucks how some sell out countrymen adopt the gringo spelling of Colombia as “Columbia” when they move here, like the idiots who pronuonce Irak (EE.rok) “eye-rack” (eeewwww!!)I can undestand an american writing and pronuoncing it like that, but not the criollo kneelers who bleach their hair and operate their eyes, and talk funny just to look “western” Colombia es Colombia!! y lo demas: mamola!!

  • kingali

    well,she is trushy whore singer, i can’t believe some likes her.

    beyonce mariah the true divas!!!

  • alaskadude

    There are too many things to touch on here. I doubt I can persuade any haters to see my point of view, but I can still try. If you do not know Shakira, I hope this helps…

    Just how is Shakira “trushy”? I used to not like her, so I can understand some of the negative things said about her. However, I wonder how much some of her critics actually know about her. She is neither trushy nor trashy. Sensual, yes, slutty no. She has not had a sex-tape released (Paris, Kim Kardashian), has not posed nude (really? Who hasn’t anymore), and turned down a role in a movie because it required nudity (and because she felt her acting skills were not good enough). Such decency and humbleness is certainly uncommon–especially when you look at the things other artists (*cough*Madonna*cough*) have done to get attention and advance their careers. As a guy, I enjoy her sensuality all the more because I know she is more than just another sex object, using her looks to make money. This may sound strange coming from a man, but I wish more women were comfortable with themselves the way they are. You do not need double Ds to be pretty. Shakira more than proves that. I don’t believe a sexier woman exists.

    By the way, she hasn’t sold out. Look at this album. She could have produced something far more successful in terms of mainstream appeal. She, however, is not one to risk the unique individuality of her music for instant succuess. Despite this, she is one of the top five most succesful artists in the 2000s. Madonna is number one I think. Not to hate on her, but Madonna is on her way out(about a 30 year career-very admirable). Shakira(about 30 years old), who flies mostly under the radar, is on her way up. Anyone who can draw a crowd of over 200,000 like Shakira did in Mexico is someone special.

    The style of this CD is different, but it is still Shakira. Everyone, famous or not, changes themselves somewhat to fit in with society. If people don’t like you, they won’t buy your music. Show me an artist who hasn’t changed, and I’ll show you an unsuccessful artist. But, Shakira never went into music for the money. She has put on free and reduced-price concerts so fans of all means could attend. Money was (and continues to be) just a perk. I have never seen anyone (with the exception of Jimi Hendrix) perform with the same emotion. She makes a living doing something she loves. Good for her.

    Now, let me say that I can understand people not liking her music. The diveristy of our music shows just how much tastes in it can differ. What I don’t understand is the claim that she has no talent. In addition to writing her own lyrics and music, she produces some of her works. What atist/band can make that claim anymore? All too many just perform what they are handed by someone else. Sure she has help and input from others, but her style comes through in everything she does. One of her most unique talents is what she takes the most flak for: her voice. She has been told her whole life that she sounds like a goat. Again, there are parts of songs where I agree. But that has not stopped her from singing or her fans for admiring her vocals. I will be the first to admit that I had to acquire a taste for some of her vocal acrobatics. In truth though, Shakira’s voice is rich, strong, and incredibly veristile. If she were to sing “normally” you haters would probably like it. And no, she is not a copcat artist. Her music is quite unique. She has sampled from other artists. Who hasn’t? Most rock and (especially) country songs use the same chords or chord progressions. Most hip-hop and R&B songs have similar or identical beats. Basically anything considered “music” is not completely origianl. By the way, Shakira also plays guitar, drums, and harmonica. As if that were not enough, she has perfect pitch. She can tell what any note is simply by hearing it, and can also sing any note (within her wide range) without hearing it beforehand. You may not like her use of talents, but she is very talented.

    And not smart? CONFIRMED 140 IQ (same as Madonna by the way). Read (in her own words) her take on this CD’s cover. For that matter, check out her other qoutes. She speak English (her third language) better than most native speakers. She speaks six languages and is fluent in four.

    Even if one hates all her music(which would be difficult to anyone with an open mind, considering its diverse influences), there is still her personality and humanitarian efforts to admire. I could go on and on about this amazing woman, but I won’t do so here. Everyone seems to be either a Shakira fanatic (as I am) or a Shakira hater. They have made their views clear, as have I. To anyone out there who knows very litle about Shakira, I would not start with this album. If you want to know more about her, the Internet (Youtube) is definitly the place to start. Watch interviews with her and check out her Pies Descalzos foundation, campaign for global education, and work with UNICEF. I would hope you give her a chance just as I did. You may be pleasantly surprised. As a young man who listens mostly to classic and hard rock, I never could have imagined my favorite artist would be Shakira. Life is funny though. Peace.

  • Fuujin

    I think ppl are intimidated by shakira’s all round ability to perform and produce excellent work. Maybe when we stop judging then we’ll stop being judged!

  • Kennedy C.

    Poor girl, she us beautiful but sounds like a hurt mule when singing English. I think her Spanish voice is way better. As far as dancing, if you ask me all I’ve really seen her do is belly dancing and that’s it. I wouldn’t consider her a great dancer in her newest video in which she is stepping

  • shakirathebest

    madonna is unique in her way as shakira is in hers she has a distinct voice, great bellydancer, songwriter, has an IQ over 140, a philanthropist(someone who donates lots of their money), beautiful, plays at least 2 instruments, and can speak 4 languages, and in fact she taught herself english anf has sold more than 50 studio albums world wide and her oral fixation tour came in as being the third most successful tour of that year. oh yeah dont forget, SHE SUNG AT THE PRESIDENTS INAUGURATION so obviously she is well liked. and she has all around sex appeal so name an artist who has accomplished all that and she has won 2 grammys and 7 latin grammys and won MTV best unplugged vocals so hahaha

  • shakirathebest

    madonna is unique in her way as shakira is in hers she has a distinct voice, great bellydancer, songwriter, has an IQ over 140, a philanthropist(someone who donates lots of their money), beautiful, plays at least 2 instruments, and can speak 4 languages, and in fact she taught herself english anf has sold more than 50 studio albums world wide and her oral fixation tour came in as being the third most successful tour of that year. oh yeah dont forget, SHE SUNG AT THE PRESIDENTS INAUGURATION so obviously she is well liked. and she has all around sex appeal so name an artist who has accomplished all that and she has won 2 grammys and 7 latin grammys and won MTV best unplugged vocals so hahaha