just 21 years old, Ciara has matured in her music much
more than her age would have us expecting. She proves
herself with her sophomore release The Evolution, which
she co-wrote all of the songs and co-produced many of
the tracks on. The album is not only what we would anticipate
from someone who has been associated so closely with
Crunk and B but it brings something more to the table.
Her ability to get us up out of our seats is as good
as her skill with solid emotional songs.
Working with influential players like Pharrell Williams,
Will.I.Am, Lil Jon and Rodney Jerkins among others proved
positive to further shape the Ciara sound. The club
bangers we have come to rely on her for are plentiful.
In fact the CD starts off with a bang as Ciara's
southern drawl creeps out and Lil Jon kicks of the party
song "That's Right." The Atlanta native's
love for dance is apparent as songs like "Get
Up" featuring Chamillionaire and "Bang It
Up" beckon everyone to the dance floor.
Ciara doesn't fail to mix it up with sexier love
songs like "Promise" and "Can't
Leave 'Em Alone" featuring 50 Cent. The
album eases into a smooth ending with tracks "So
Hard," "I'm Just Me" and "I
Found Myself." Though you have to wonder when
listening to the last track how much Ciara could have
figured out about herself at such a young age, she is
very convincing in her convictions.
A couple of the tracks barely make a hard hitting connection
but still demonstrate that signature sound that Ciara
seems to make work. "Make It Last Forever"
bites the background from Rob Base's "It
Takes Two" and blends a whole new beat that definitely
pulls off a distinctive sound. With short interludes,
Ciara breaks up her CD with smart transitions and by
the time The Evolution makes it's full cycle,
you come out feeling pretty positive.
- That's Right featuring Lil Jon
- Like a Boy
- The Evolution of Music (Interlude)
- Can't Leave 'Em Alone featuring 50
- My Love
- The Evolution of Dance (Interlude)
- Make It Last Forever
- Bang It Up
- Get Up featuring Chamillionaire
- The Evolution of Fashion (Interlude)
- Get In, Fit In
- The Evolution of C (Interlude)
- So Hard
- I'm Just Me
- I Found Myself