Sunday, October 23, 2005

La Tortura

Figure 1. Shakira is hot.

I've been listening to Shakira's latest CD, FijaciĆ³n Oral, Vol. 1. It's good; it's light, and not really what I was expecting. It seems that her music is a bit lighter and prettier when she's singing in Spanish, and a bit harsher and more pop-like when she's singing in English. This CD is completely in Spanish, and fits that description pretty well. It's got a nice variety of styles, and her voice always sounds better in Spanish than English. Good to pick up if you're a Shakira fan or like Latin music in general. Her next English-language CD, Oral Fixation, Vol. 2, is coming out pretty soon, so I'm very interested in finding out how it compares, or if it's just English versions of these songs. Best tracks: La Tortura (Shaketon remix), No, La Pared.

I've also been listening to Schizophrenic by JC Chasez, who was in *NSYNC or Backstreet Boys or one of those. I don't remember why I own it; maybe it was another Amazon recommendation. It's analogous to Justin Timberlake's solo effort; it's definitely still mindless silly pop, but somehow less geared toward teenage girls. I haven't really heard much of Justin Timberlake's work, being a little afraid, but it seems like it's more R&B-oriented. Schizophrenic is a weird variety of pop styles, including some 80s. It's decent; not really my favorite genre of music, but for blatant pop music it seems pretty good. I guess I recommend it to anyone who happens to really like pop music; I imagine that it would make good party music. Best tracks: Some Girls (Dance with Women), Blowin' Me Up (With Her Love), Something Special.

[It seems that Yahoo! Music is IE-only, so those links won't work in Firefox. Sorry.]

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