Oral Fixation: Volume 2

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
Oral Fixation: Volume 2 Music Poster Image
Cover and title more risqué than actual content.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Subtle but strong message of independence and "I will survive" enthusiasm for life. There's also a song that questions religious dogma.

Violence
Sex

A lot of relationship stuff and sexy singing, but nothing explicit.

Language

Overwrought but all clean.

Consumerism

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are some religious references and some "I'd give it all up for you, baby" sentiment on these well-written songs. Shakira's scantily clad image on the cover is about as risqué as it gets: A lot of relationship stuff and sexy singing, but nothing too explicit.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDisneyFan April 9, 2008
Kid, 11 years old August 6, 2009
There's seriously nothing wrong with this cd. =]

What's the story?

Colombian rock goddess Shakira's second album of 2005, ORAL FIXATION: VOLUME 2, features a lot of songs about love lost and survived, along with a risky tune questioning faith and religion. The first track, \"How Do You Do,\" begins with the Lord's Prayer and ends with the word \"Forgiveness\" in Hebrew and Arabic; between the two are lyrics like \"Hey do you feel our pain and walk in our shoes?/Have you ever felt starved or is your belly always full?/How many people die and hurt in your name?/Hey does that make you proud or does it bring you shame?\" Most of the songs that follow are about dealing with the complexities of fame (\"Your Embrace,\" \"Costume Makes the Clown,\" and \"Timor\") and surviving failed relationships with heartbroken, gritty strength.

Is it any good?

"Don't Bother" is a cleverly bitter indulgence in jealousy ("She practices Tai Chi/She'd never lose her nerve/She's more than you deserve..."). Carlos Santana adds a gorgeous guitar cameo on "Illegal," and the whole album is notable for interesting lyrics and excellent instrumental performances. Shakira delivers all with an intense vibrato warble well-suited to the material, along with a heaping helping of saucy, sexy attitude. Keep your eye on this one -- she's bound to be around for a while.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the musical translation from Spanish to English, and back again. Do the two languages vary in how they sound? Do you like listening to a song in another language even if you don't know what the artist is singing? If you could make an album in another language which one would it be and why?

Music details

  • Artist: Shakira
  • Release date: November 29, 2005
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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