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Ciara: 'Ciara' - Album review

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Released on Monday, Jul 8 2013

'Ciara' album artwork
Originally titled One Woman Army, Ciara's fifth studio album was initially billed as a wink to issues with her former label - which she blames for the commercial failure of 2010's Instinct - as well as her long-standing rivalry with fellow urban-pop diva Rihanna. Somewhere along the way, she reinvented herself from fledgling R&B singer to trendy bloggers' fave and signed a new deal with music mogul LA Reid - the man credited for discovering her.

It's a shift that has allowed Ciara to make her most daring, experimental and forward-thinking record yet. Lead single 'Body Party' hears her cooing about you-know-what over effortlessly smooth and sultry grooves that hark back to the golden age of '90s R&B (aided by a sample of Ghost Town DJ's 'My Boo'), while her guest feature bill on the strutting 'Super Turnt Up' is a nod to her first attempt at rapping on record as well as self-producing.

The album mostly bucks the trend soundwise, opting for grinding bass on the menacingly seductive 'Sophomore' and finger-snapping sass on 'Read My Lips'; an eye-poppingly explicit number that, despite its earworm hooks and killer chorus, is unlikely to soar up the charts in the current climate. That said, her collaboration with Nicki Minaj on 'Livin' It Up' has huge hit potential and is about as radio friendly as Ciara gets, but the fact it has yet to be released seems to show that Ciara is finally at peace being the R&B underdog.



Tracks to download: 'Body Party', 'Livin' It Up', 'Super Turnt Up', 'Read My Lips'
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Watch the 'Body Party' music video below:

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