Laundry Service gave Shakira her long-anticipated English-language breakthrough, turning her into a global superstar in the process. A hit of that magnitude is hard to follow, so it shouldn't be a great surprise that she toiled on its sequel for upward of four years. What is surprising is that the subsequent album was split in two -- à la Kill Bill -- with the first being devoted to Spanish tunes and the second consisting entirely of English songs; the teasing titles Fijacion Oral, Vol.
In 2001, Shakira Ripoli initially seemed like a Latin American Madonna. However, when people heard her lyrics (notably "Lucky that my breasts are small and humble, so you don't confuse them with mountains"), Madonna's career suddenly seemed as sensible as the civil service. The Colombian's long-awaited follow-up continues in a similar vein but is sung entirely in Spanish.