Review : CIARA - Ciara: The Evolution
Entertainment Weekly''The past few years of my life have truly been a journey.... A lot of life lessons learned,'' intones Ciara on one of four spoken interludes on Ciara: The Evolution, her second album. Later, in ''I'm Just Me,'' she stops singing to offer some more wisdom: ''I believe life is what you make it. You determine your destiny.'' The 21-year-old isn't much of a philosopher. It's a pity she devotes precious time to these banalities rather than sticking to her strengths: singing stormy club anthems about the war between the sexes. ''Like a Boy'' is a Ciara song par excellence: a stirring revenge fantasy, sung over symphonic keyboard stabs, in which a betrayed lover dreams of acting as callously as her man. ''Girl, go 'head and be just like 'em.../Keep a straight face when you tell a lie/Always keep an airtight alibi,'' she sings....full text
LA Daily NewsShe says she's not just the Princess of Crunk anymore, that she's evolved. She even goes so far as to define the meaning of evolution for us. But it's going to take more than slapping violins onto hip hop, recruiting a host of A-list talent ranging from 50 Cent to Pharrell Williams or dispersing earnest (albeit self-important) interludes about music, dance and fashion through an album to prove she's not parading under a misnomer of a title....full text
PlayBoyCiara doesn't have the best voice, but she's got what it takes to be a pop star. Her debut, 2004's Goodies, fit the young dance-pop singer's whispery vocals to slick contemporary R&B, producing club-ready hits. Two years later, The Evolution steps back in time, drawing on the metallic late-'80s sounds of Prince, Janet Jackson and even Rob Bass. While slightly more uneven than its predecessor, The Evolution still provides a few potential floor-fillers. Steamy single "Promise" may have raised expectations too high, with its vocorder-filled spoken-word intro and romantic chorus....full text
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