6 Sizzling CDs from South of the Border

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SHAKIRA FIJACION ORAL VOL. 1

This Spanish-language album is a mixed bag of sugary pop and hip-shaking Latin rock. Fijación Oral is vastly better than Shakira's English efforts, which have never had the confidence of her singing in her native tongue. The intricately crafted lyrics in songs like Escondite Inglés allow her to work out that wonderfully warbled voice. And Shakira's reputation for writhing is safe with La Tortura, her rocked-out-yet-folky duet with Spanish crooner Alejandro Sanz. You'll have no choice but to get up and dance.

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