[NEW RELEASES] Ciara
The bedroom groove is easily the best of the 11 tracks that make up “Ciara.”
There are others that shine, too: The bouncy “Livin’ It Up,” one of two songs to feature Nicki Minaj, has an empowering feel; the mid-tempo “Read My Lips” is appealing and Ciara’s sweet tone rides nicely over the semi-electronic beat of “Overdose.”
Still, the album doesn’t feel special. While it’s much better than her last two releases - the weak “Fantasy Ride” and the subpar “Basic Instinct” - the album is made up of fillers that have you still wondering what kind of singer Ciara is.
Like her past records, “Ciara” isn’t cohesive, and instead, sporadic - some hits here, satisfactory work there, but overall, mediocrity reigns.
Label: Sony Music