ALBUM REVIEW                            :        JACKIE

ARTIST                                      :        CIARRA

GENRE                                       :        HIP HOP / R AND B / POP

DATE RELEASED                          :        2015

It has been a long time since R and B princess has released a new album thus, this is a very much anticipated record. However, listening to the first tract alone “Jackie BMF” might be some disappointment considering that she has bee n away for a long time.  The song can be considered as mash up of different electronic and different drum programs and weave together with inconsistency and incoherence to create a supposedly new sound; it sounds like a mess though.  With that, you will have a feeling that this album is just a rework of her previous works.

True to it, the second song “That’s How I’m Feelin” tries to recreate the magic that she did with Missy Elliot and put Pitbull together and hope that there is more magic to it.  Unfortunately, with Pitbull almost in every song that you hear in the radio, the song sounds tired but, this doesn’t mean to say that this is a boring song.  This is a good dance tune though. The track “Lullaby” has an uncanny similarity with the song introduction with that of “Dilemma” by Nelly and Kelly Rowland.  In “Dance Like We’re Making Love,” there is this situation where you felt like listening to an old Jennifer Lopez track in this song.

“Stuck on You” has a rap sequence that sounds like the rap portion in Madonna’s “Vogue.”  The song could have done better without the rap sequence instead opted for better hook and refrain.  The song is already good with Ciarra rapping in between. “Fly” makes you think that she remained stuck up in the nineties. I believe this is just part of the trend where musical artists look back in this period; Mariah Carey had several tracks in her Me, I Am Mariah, The Elusive Chanteuse and even Madonna used then nineties vibe in her “Living For Love” track.

It was wise for Ciara to use “I Bet” as the lead single for this album. It is a good take on a topic about loving someone when it is already too late; no screaming ballad in here just good singing as if she is just having a conversation with a BFF thus, the song is not so hard on your ears to listen despite the fact that it sounds generic. “Give Me Love” is more than your average dance song as it doesn’t call out to everyone to get on the floor and let loose it just simply invite everyone to dance.  “Kiss and Tell” has very elementary lyrics and she could have just told everyone how good the sex she had instead of teasing that she received premium sex from a mean machine.

“All Good” is “One Two Step” reworked.  If there is one song in this record that can be considered as very contemporary, it is “Only One.”  It has the usual elements currents hits are made of right now.  “One Woman Army” is quite disappointing.  When you have a song title like that, you expect intelligent lyrics instead what you have is an ode to sex and the lyrics are not even sensual.

This record deserves 2.5 star rating for just being average in terms of sounds and lyrics.  It is not disappointing but while listening to the whole record you have this feeling that she could have done better as many of the songs has the hook but lacks the oomph.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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