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Kelly Rowland: 'Talk A Good Game' - Album review

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Released on Monday, Jun 17 2013

Kelly Rowland 'Talk A Good Game' album artwork
Unlike her Destiny's Child bandmate Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland has always struggled to forge her musical identity as a solo artist. She's played the role of soul-pop crooner on her 2002 debut Simply Deep, R&B hustleress on the follow-up Ms. Kelly and David Guetta's right-hand woman on 2011's Here I Am.

For her latest outing she's seemingly ignored chart trends and found herself back in R&B territory, albeit with a mature and considered edge. Unsurprisingly, it's a look that suits her remarkably well.

She commands attention on opener 'Freak' by asking: 'Can I be yours?' over struttable beats, purrs seductively on lead single 'Kisses Down Low', and spills her guts about her teenge years growing up with her DC bandmates on the eye-popping 'Dirty Laundry', on which she admits: "Bittersweet, she was up, I was down."

Fortunately, it's swiftly followed by an appearance from them on 'You Changed'; a sassy finger-snapper that finds Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle bonding once again over their favourite subject: incompetent men.

Producers Danja, The-Dream and man-of-the-moment Pharrell Williams ensure the mostly midtempo melodies remain silky-smooth, while Rowland takes a lead songwriting credit on 13 of the 15 tracks. It suffers from the occasional generic moment - 'Down On Love' feels uninspired and 'Red Wine' plods along aimlessly - but overall, Talk A Good Game is a collection of classy and sophisticated R&B that finds Kelly finally hitting her stride.



Tracks to download: 'Dirty Laundry', 'You Changed', 'Talk A Good Game'
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