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"Oral Fixation Vol. 2"

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Year of Release: 2006

track listing
  • How Do You Do
  • Illegal
  • Hips Don't Lie
  • Animal City
  • Don't Bother
  • The Day And The Time
  • Dreams For Plans
  • Hey You
  • Your Embrace
  • Costume Makes The Clown
  • Something
  • Timor
  • La Tortura

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    "Oral Fixation Vol. 2"

    The Columbian sensation Shakira topped the charts with her song, "Hips Don't Lie." And as if her hips became easy eye candy to some (belly dancing), her voice was recognized as strong. The album that contained her #1 hit (and basically put her on the map) was Oral Fixation Vol. 2 (2006), which was a sequel to her previous release, Fijacion Oral Vol. 1.

    "How Do You Do" is the leadoff track, andw while listening, its a pretty dull song, and her voice resembles to that of Alanis Morrisette. "Illegal"e is better; a pleasant, soft ballad, with the help of Carlos Santana.

    The Latin feel is obvious heard on "Hips Don't Lie," and continues with "Animal City." "Don't Bother" has hope, being a better song, and having a more rock approach. "The Day And The Time" has a basic Pop/Latin feel. The Latin feel returns at a slower pace on "Dreams For Plans," "Hey You has a more upbeat Pop/Rock approach, fitting today's most recent "Pop" style.

    "Your Embrace" is one of few songs I can actually stomach. Being from the old school or Rock, this song is nice, pleasant. "Costume Makes The Clown" -- is this Alanis Morrisette, or Patti Smith? (Strong voice, huh?) "Something" -- I thought it just may have been the George Harrison/Beatle tune, but no, it's another boring, mellow song. "Timor" -- in one word: TERRIBLE. The last track is a bonus alternate version of her hit "La Tortura" which is on one of the NOW compilations, and it is a pretty good Latin-styled song.

    Shakira's music just doesn't "do it" for me. Her voice maybe considered strong, but there are far better singers (past and present) that are better. I'm sure the younger crowd favors Shakira for her music AND her looks. Where most older folks (preferably guys) may like her for eye candy, her voice is another issue to debate on.

    The million dollar question will be five or ten years from now: "What ever happened to Shakira?"

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