No more yodeling bizarro metaphors in broken English. Shakira has found herself again. Fijacion Oral vol. 1 may not be the commercial juggernaut that 2001’s Laundry Service was, but it finds the Colombian goddess doing what she does best: placing her operatic vocalizing at the service of Spanish poetry. From the bouncy electronics of the accordion-laced Alejandro Sanz duet ”La Tortura” to the dreamy romanticism of ”En Tus Pupilas,” there’s beauty to spare in this lavish compendium of raw emotions — Shakira’s finest work to date.
Fijacion Oral vol. 1