That ain’t right, but I laughed a little.
A lot of people I know assume that I wouldn’t care for an artist like Ciara. Why? Your guess is as good as mine. But, if you’re wondering, I bought her first album and I actually enjoyed it. A few years ago I wrote a review of Goodies for the Hilltop, Howard University’s collegiate newspaper (excuse the typo for “50-11,” the editors missed the punchline).
Ideally, this is the type of record that many of those who like to go on about what’s “wrong” with the music industry would point to as the prime example of how fluff sells at the expense of material with substance. However, with “Goodies,” those feelings aren’t resonating. “Goodies” is not groundbreaking, but that was not Ciara’s intention. Instead, this record is focused on getting you “crunk,” and Ciara definitely aims to please. “Goodies” may not have the legs to stand the test of time, but it is definitely an album to enjoy in the moment.
I still feel that way about the album. She’s not the greatest singer, but as an entertainer, I’m not expecting her to be. Now the second she steps out of line and tries to really sing, I’ll probably react to her the same way I’m sure some people in this D.C. audience did the other night when Ciara greeted them with, “Hey Philly.”
After looking at the video for the Prince-inspired first single, “Promise,” I’m anticipating her new album even more. Great video. She looks nice. I like the choreography; it’s good to see Tina Landon’s still around. Someone a part of the rhythm nation ought give her a call. Ciara’s stepping it up a lot better than people old enough to know better (uh oh uh oh, this means you, too).
Now don’t front on me, who else is looking forward to it or at least curious to hear it? Don’t lie.
P.S. Is it me, or is Ciara like a walking glimpse of Wanda Sykes: The College Years?