Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New CDs

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SHAKIRA, FIJACION ORAL VOL 1 .

Shakira's first album since her 13-times platinum Laundry Service, in 2001, is sung entirely in Spanish - but that hasn't stopped it from topping the charts in the rest of the world. Will the UK follow suit next week?

Non-Spanish speakers who love the Colombian superstar principally for her batty lyrics will have to wait until November's English language Oral Fixation vol 2; for the rest, vol 1 has the tunes and the energy to transcend international borders.

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MICHELLE SHOCKED, THREESOME

. Three new albums, available separately or together as the cheaply packaged Threesome, from a singer-songwriter who continues to explore the heartland of a variety of American musics. Mexican Standoff is half-Mexican (inspired, terrific) and half-blues (unlistenable). Don't Ask Don't Tell is her divorce album and packed to the gunwales with bile, bitterness and rip-roaring songs, while Got No Strings is a mostly sterile trawl through some of the duller Disney songs. …

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