Review : Jamie Foxx - Intuition
BostonJamie Foxx is as savvy about choosing his collaborators on wax as he is on celluloid. Numerous urban hitmakers line up to lend a hand to the Oscar winner's beat-heavy third album. And if they aren't all bringing their A-game, they're at least aiming for B-plus territory.
The jittery "Just Like Me" is already scaling the charts thanks to an insistent hook courtesy of The-Dream (Rihanna's "Umbrella") and a guest rhyme from T.I. Meanwhile, Kanye West spreads the chill of his own wintry "808s & Heartbreak" over the whizzering synths of "Digital Girl." Lil Wayne gets wacky - "If you want a soldier, baby, I could be your sergeant/ And girl if you're Gaye, I could be your Marvin" - on the crudely entertaining club throbber "Number One."...full text
VibeJust as 2008 nears its end, here comes Jamie Foxx to make his mark on a year rich with tributes to love. Each track on Foxx’s third album, Intuition (J Records), tells the story of a different woman. The boss-type gets her due on “She Got Her Own,” a slowed-down reworking of Ne-Yo’s “Miss Independent.” On “Overdose,” he sings to the one whose affection is so elating, he cannot function without her. Love as a drug is certainly a trope seen before, but the rattling in Foxx’s vocals throughout the song sells his pain as if it were brand new.
The much more upbeat “Digital Girl,” featuring The-Dream and Kanye West, is an ode to the click-and-send girlfriend. ‘Ye is quick to dispel any embarrassment about using the Internet to meet chicks, saying, “it’s a new form of mackin’/Don’t be old fashion/update your passion.” Between the frenetic handclaps and its space-age lushness, it is the stand out of the album, even when it comes off as a sexy Apple ad....full text
AllmusicIntuition is as star-studded as Unpredictable, its collection of collaborators and producers -- including Lil Wayne, T.I., the-Dream, T-Pain, and Ne-Yo -- making it appear more like a release from a singer in his twenties rather than early forties. That's the way most of the album plays out, with a pronounced slant toward upbeat material made for the clubs: bumping beats and Auto-Tune, shorties and Patrón, the works. Since Foxx is a chameleon, he can work the angle without sounding out of place or hopelessly desperate for a big pop hit, yet the effect of the material tends to be fleeting, with punch lines like "I don't rain, girl, I hurricane" and "Let me introduce you to my Grammy family, like Uncle Oscar, Aunt Emmy" far more memorable than the beats. As on Unpredictable, the relatively relaxed and humble songs, from midtempo cuts to ballads, shine brighter. The bittersweet "I Don't Know" tastefully and movingly references Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" within a stripped-down arrangement anchored by kick drums and panning breaths. "Freak'in Me," where Floetry's Marsha Ambrosius provides the album's most valuable guest appearance, should be a late-night radio staple. If not quite as enjoyable as Unpredictable, Foxx's ability and personality make it easy to ride out the sags....full text
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