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Oral Fix­a­tion Sony/BMG

There’s more to Shakira Ripoll than meets the eye. The Colom­bian, who broke through to the English-speak­ing world with her Laun­dry Ser­vice album, is a breed apart from other pelvic­thrust­ing pop­pets. Maybe it’s her back­ground, maybe it’s her in­tel­li­gent approach to the mu­sic busi­ness, but cer­tainly here she dis­plays a more rounded type of pop cross­over artist than we nor­mally en­counter. Filmed dur­ing last year’s Oral Fix­a­tion tour (which had two al­bums of the same name back­ing it), we find the con­tralto per­form­ing shows at most points around the globe, with guest ap­pear­ances here and there by col­lab­o­ra­tors such as Ale­jan­dro Sanz and Wy­clef Jean. There are plenty of ex­tras and also some taste­ful shots of Shakira’s work with un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in Colom­bia.

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