Thursday, December 07, 2006
Ciara released her sophomore album, Ciara: The Evolution, Tuesday. After releasing her debut album, Goodies, two years ago, Ciara has grown as an artist and displayed it in her new album, the best one yet. There are 19 tracks (of which four are interludes) that feature Lil Jon, 50 cent, and Chamillionaire. Ciara: The Evolution has personal input on each and every track, a huge plus for this crunk princess.
With the help of Lil Jon, this album starts off with a crunkified track entitled That's Right. The beginning of the song, however, does sound a little odd when a few women saying "That's right!" after everything Ciara says. Once the talking stops and the music is on, listeners will want to get crunk and go dumb.
Promise is the first official single off of this album. This mid-tempo song is about finding Mr. Right. It is a rather different song from the rest of her songs, mainly due to the softness of her voice. After being released for about 2 months, this song is still climbing up the charts.
Although Get Up (featuring Chamillionaire) was a single, it was not officially released from Ciara: The Evolution. This song was first on the hit summer movie, Step Up, and became the single for it.
Like a Boy is Ciara s second single and is set for release in 2007. This catchy song delivers a good message out to the world the common double standards between males and females in society. Ciara sings, "Sometimes I wish I could act like a boy" since masculinity in females is seen as abnormal.
From writing/co-writing to co-producing, Ciara has done it all for Ciara: The Evolution. According to Ciara, she believes that listeners will be able to see a part of her personality through her input. This album touches up on Atlanta crunk, old school, Miami bass, and ballads.
A favorite on the album is My Love. This mid-tempo song is about a relationship that is always off and on, off and on. She has a lot of feelings for him; if he only held on tighter, fought a little harder, [and] been a little smarter, things would ve worked out. Since he didn't, he's going to miss her.
One of the downsides of the album is the four interludes. Even though the interludes only add up to 59 seconds in total, it gets a little irritating after listening to them again and again. They are, however, relevant to the album because Ciara speaks about the evolutions of music, dance, fashion, and herself. Some of the words are encouraging, but if one is to listen to this album a few times in a row, hearing the interludes once or twice is already enough.
Five songs from this album use samples from older songs, including songs from Pretty Tony, George Michael, and James Brown. C.R.U.S.H., another good song, uses samples from a song written by Larry Linn called 122 BPM.
Ciara: The Evolution is different from Goodies for the better. Will it be the #1 seller on its first week of release? It is tough to say because Ciara has a very tough competition Gwen Stefani and her new album, The Sweet Escape. These two powerhouses are currently battling out and the numbers will show next week. Ciara: The Evolution does have a number of potential
singles that will definitely bring Ciara back to the top again though.