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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2010
I happen to like Ciara, but to be completely honest, I am not too fond of this "too sexy" Ciara. When she first arrived on the scene, she was not only a fresh, beautiful face, who could dance her BUTT off, but she also had fresh material to sing about. The thing I loved and respected about Ciara was she was absolutely stunning, she wore the baddest shoes I have ever seen (and still does :) ), she carried herself like a lady, yet sexy at the same time, and she knew how to make you get up and dance without subjecting her listeners to sexually suggestive lyrics. Now-a-days, Ciara has really "settled" for stripper-influenced choreography , but also, her lyrics allow you to make the assumption that she is quite a promiscuous female. I don't know....I understand Ciara is grown, but her style has changed...for the worst (and that is just MY OPINION--please do not attack me for my personal opinion because this is my review). Don't get me wrong, there are a few songs on the album that are absolute BANGERS: I.e. "Gimmie Dat, Girls Get Your Money, Wants For Dinner, and I Run It," but I guess I just expected a little more from her. Judging by the video/song "Basic Instinct (You Got Me)," I just knew Ciara was going back to her roots and make more hits with Missy Elliot, Jazze Pha, Lil John, etc. with songs such as "1, 2, Step, Lookin At You, That's Right, Like A Boy, Promise, Get Up, C.R.U.S.H., etc (I'm sure you get the point), but she didn't do that with this album. Don't get me wrong....Ciara has made a major improvement from her previous disappointing album that is entitled "Fantasy Ride," but I still expected more from Ciara! I love her R&B/Crunk music and I truly feel as though she is loosing her roots. I'm not saying the album is complete trash, but she could have done better. Hopefully her future music/work will gradually improve. I wouldn't spend more than $10 on this album, but it's worth sitting back and giving it a chance....I guess. It's just "so so" to me; it isn't absolutely horrible, but it isn't another "Evolution Of Cici."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2010
Ciara Princess Harris is somewhat underrated as an artist, as she is capable of combining many elements into her music and videos. Her voice can be both sassy and sweet, she is a great dancer, and she has an element of sex appeal.

On "Basic Instinct," she is able to combine those elements effectively enough to produce a very entertaining, hook-filled hip hop/pop crossover album. On her first two albums (2004's "Goodies" and 2006's "The Evolution") the strongest moments were without question the singles, as "My Goodies," "1 2 Step," and "Like A Boy" were killer hits and burned up the charts. On her 2009 album "Fantasy Ride" she mixed in a few tender ballads, a duet with Justin Timberlake, and a few dancefloor anthems ("Work" is one of her best ever songs), but only one single managed the top 10.

Just over a year later, "Basic Instinct" has appeared, after several delays. The first two singles ("Ride" and "Gimme Dat") have not been huge chart hits, which is disappointing, because they are quite good (but not great) tracks. The best moments come during the middle of the album, when she teams up with Tricky Stewart for a couple of mainstream hip-pop gems ("Heavy Rotation" and "Yeah I Know'). Later in the album, there is a nice song featuring Usher, called "Turn It Up." As typically is the case with Usher, the song hits the mark.

In conclusion, Ciara has enough excellent songs here to make "Basic Instinct" a fine record, although not a great one. But in an era in which there are plenty of female singers all over the top of the charts who are turning out auto-tuned cheese, it is a shame that Ciara is not getting more airplay, because the quality of the best songs on this album are right up there with what Beyonce and Rihanna have done the past several years. In an era when great rock bands are almost impossible to find, there are an abundance of female pop singers (Katy Perry, Rihanna, Gaga, Kesha, Beyonce, Xtina, Shontelle, and the list goes on, and Ciara hopefully will not become lost in a very crowded playing field. She needs a huge top 5 single, and there are a few songs here that could (and quite frankly SHOULD) be able to give her that success.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2010
This is a great CD release by the talented & sexy singer Ciara, tittled, 'Basic Instinct'. This great CD (with 10 tracks) opens with "Basic Instinct (U Got Me)", an okay electro/techno rapping title track. Other okay tracks include "Girls Get Your Money" (lyrics could/should have been better), "Speechless" (okay electro-synthesizer sound, laid-back track with okay vocals), "Wants For Dinner" (another electro-synthesizer track, 'reggae' bass with great vocals) & "I Run With It" (laid-back track with an 'eerie' background sound). Great tracks include "Gimme Dat" (great electro-synthesizer, great drums & better rapping than the title track), "Yeah I Know" (great melodic electro-synthesizer sound, great drums & her vocals/rapping is great. Lyrics could/should have been better) & "You Can Get It" (laid-back track with great melody & vocals). Solid tracks/gems include "Ride" (has a great deep voice of Ludacris, fantastic laid-back vocals by Ciara, the song also has a great melody. Ciara declares, "They like the way I ride", quite a beautiful & sexy beat of a song), "Heavy Rotation" (a beautiful electro-synthesizer sound, great drums & great vocals. The song has a beautiful melody as well as wonderful harmonies. Ciara proclaims "Heavy rotation all night long", quite so invitingly tempting. This is my favourite track from this great CD & hence the title of my review) & "Turn It Up" (a fantastic dance track with a beautiful chorus & harmonies, featuring the great Raymond Usher on vocals). Although tracks like "Girls Get Your Money" & "Yeah I Know" needed better lyrics, there is no 'weak track' to really talk of on this CD. On overall, this is a great CD release with the usual sexual overtones that Ciara is well known for (which unfortunately may mask her brilliance somewhat), a recommended CD listening.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Ciara has struggled as of late to hold a consistent fan base to `commercially' support her studio efforts. 2009's Fantasy Ride showed the first waning of the fan base Ciara built on 2004's Goodies and 2006's Ciara: The Evolution. 'Fantasy Ride' debuted at #3, but did so with nearly a 250,000 cut in album sales from the #1 bow of The Evolution. 'Fantasy Ride' ended up tanking and building very little buzz around its two most prominent singles, "Never Ever" featuring Young Jeezy and the Grammy-nominated "Love Sex Magic" featuring Justin Timberlake. Basic Instinct enters the market with lower expectations, but proves to be Ciara's most focused and cohesive effort to date. First single "Ride" is Ciara's steamiest, risqué single to date, but also finds the singer more invigorated than ever. `Basic Instinct' is on pace to give Ciara her lowest sales numbers, but let's face it - she's in the majority now with so many unimpressive sales for capable, urban albums. `Basic Instinct' may not buy `C' any new fans (unfortunately), but this is her best album buy a mile.

The biggest factor that makes `Basic Instinct' a capable effort is that the majority of the album is produced by R&B production stand-outs Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and Terius "The-Dream" Nash. 2009's Fantasy Ride featured some excellent contributions from this team ("Like A Surgeon," "Lover's Thing," etc.) and so an album produced prominently seems more than appropriate. Ciara opens the album with the aggressive, though censored "Basic Instinct (U Got Me)" which is an incredibly unique opening cut. Maybe it is a bit clunky considering how it changes from incredibly overt to more relaxed near the end in the `blink-of-an-eye,' but I personally find the cut to be captivating and showing a completely different side of Ciara. On this cut, Tricky and The-Dream help to give Ciara more of a personality than she would havre possessed without them. The rapping by `C' works surprisingly well (plenty of well-penned one-liners) and she follows it up with singing.

"Ride" is easily 2010's steamiest single, accompanied by a music video that make anyone `hot and bothered.' The production by Tricky is solid and the hook is both raunchy and addictive: "They love the way I ride it, They love the way I ride it, They love the way I ride it, They love the way I ride the beat like a freak..." Ludacris, the king of `freak' adds another dimension to this slinky cut, making it a valedictory moment from `Basic Instinct.' "Gimme Dat" is an uptempo, driving cut that propels the momentum of `Basic Instinct' even further. Not far removed from 2006's "Get Up," this is another sensation cut filled with high energy where Ciara demands "Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie Dat (Bass!)."

"Heavy Rotation" is solid, but not spectacular. "Girls Get Your Money" is a better cut, as is "Yeah I Know," which proves to be another solid dance-pop track. Both cuts are the ideal length, which bodes well in their favor. "Speechless" is longer, clocking in over four minutes, but is a `signature' cut. Repetitive, "Speechless" epitomizes a cut that sounds most effective with a singer like Ciara.

"You Can Get It" is another solid, steamy cut. A cut like this finds producers working well with Ciara's somewhat limited vocal abilities, making them shine. "Turn It Up" has a Euro-pop edge to it (my least favorite trend as of late), but it works. The main problem is that "Turn It Up" is less distinct and more forgettable than the majority of cuts. "Wants for Dinner" is a better cut, though closer "I Run It," a ballad clocking in over five minutes proves to be one of the albums best cuts and biggest surprises. Ciara coos "I run it, you know I run it... boy you know I run it, you know I run it." "I Run It" is a steamy, solid gem.

Overall, Basic Instinct is Ciara's best effort. To say `a lot has changed' might be an overstatement, but the material this go around is more captivating and gives the singer a more distinct personality. Ciara won't garner any vocal awards or buzz around this effort, but she makes an album of addictive dance-pop numbers that are radio-ready and capable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2010
With so many release dates and leaked tracks, I didnt think "Basic Instinct" was gonna see the light of day and here it is. I'm not all that amused with her effort this time around, the best tracks were left out the album or made bonus tracks for Deluxe Editions. The direction of "Ride" (First single) seemed so great but failed to make an impact on the airwaves and like any record label would do, release date becomes unknown and the following singles, "Speechless and Gimme Dat" had no support behind them. On the bright side, the album is Good just not great. The highlight tracks are "Heavy Rotation, Wants for Dinner and I Run It", other tracks to lookout for are the Unreleased tracks, "Secret, This Is What Love Is, Listen to My Song, I Don't Care, Up & Down, Blauw, & Switch" (listen on YouTube). Hope this review helps.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2010
Ciara has hit the target with this one! Almost each track is a banger. People complain about her taking it back to her roots but let's be honest, crunk music isn't what's hot anymore. for this day in age, this is as close as ciara's gonna get to hits like "1,2 step" and "goodies." Is this a perfect cd? No, it has some flaws, but not enough to discard the reccord completely. it's a great comeback from fantasy ride (which wasn't that bad).

Great tracks: ride, gimme dat, you can get it, speechless, wants for dinner, i run it

Good tracks: heavy rotation, yeah i know, u got me

Ok tracks: turn it up

Honestly, this is one of the best albums that have come out this year and from ciara as an artist!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2010
I think Ciara is extremely talented. Her vocals are not all that, but I love her music, style, and dancing skills. Alot of people are saying they want the old Ciara back.... well, she is no longer the young teenager everyone fell in love with years ago. She is a mature lady now coming into her own. Ciara has evolved, but what do you all expect! If she kept singing the same type of songs she did when she first came out, then everyone would be crying about how she never changes. Can't win over everyone, that's for sure.

Ciara: Do you mama! Keep grinding and the best of luck. I see you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2010
Ciara's new CD, Basic Instinct is exciting and full of suprises. I have liked her artistry but never considered purchasing any of her material until her lastest CD, Basic Instinct.
Initially when I heard the first track that were released I noticed how mature she sounded but I still wasn't sure if I would purchase her new work because I still wasn't sold. However after hearing Speechless for the first time it was a done deal. That song alone had me sold! I knew I had to add her to my collection. Her deliverance of Speechless left me speechless. She took her time with that ballard. Gimme Dat along with Get it Girl are tunes that are surely to reach number one.
Finally, I highly recommend the purchase of this CD. She has truly "Moved Up". I love it; a job well done!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2011
I used to be a huge Ciara fan and I actually thought Fantasy Ride was decent but no one or her label wanted to give it a chance. Basic instinct is exactly what it is, Basic. There's no song on this album I was really feeling besides Ride and that's not saying much. It seems as if she's stuck in a rut music wise. Most likely stuck in the last decade. She really needs better writers and producers. Most of the lyrics were extremely cliche and remedial. There are so many great writers out there that are hungry looking for work. Most will even be a ghost writer and would be willing to give her full credit as long as they get paid. That's how hard it is and that's how hungry some people are. She's working with people like the Dream who in my opinion is pretty much old news. He wrote Single Ladies, Umbrella etc but he ruined Mariah's last album and now Ciara's. I think he's lost his touch and Ciara keeps talking about going back to her roots but honey you need a perm! Those roots are dried and fried the Dream is fried!! Please straighten this mess out and look for new talent to work with. Danja is one of the hottest producers out right now, Jukebox is crazy too. Wishing her the best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2011
It took awhile, but this music from Ciara has really grown on me.. this is a great album.... Sounds young fresh and cool... "I workout to It".. Run It & Yeah I Know, Turn It Up, Speechless ect.. are my fav. so far.. Not bad at all... Thanks C. I really like the whole thing...!!!
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