14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2010
So when I first got Keri Hilson's new album, I was anxious because of all of the hype...yet nervous because I didnt know what to expect. When I first skimmed through the cd, I thought it was okay....HOWEVER....the more I started to listen to the album, the more it grew on me. As a fan of Keri Hilsons,' I must say I was extremely disappointed watching her "The Way You Love Me" video. I just knew that people would appreciate Keri for her background and love her...simply because she is naturally beautiful (I am not saying there is anything wrong with e nhancements), she has a curvy body, her vocals have progressed, and she is not afraid to be bold! I really felt like Keri was one of those beautiful artists who had improved so much...it was hard not to like her. Then, she started to dress a little more risque, sing aggressive, sexual lyrics, and just introduced the world to a new side of Keri. As much as I hated to see such a change in her (that made her appear a little desperate for more attention), I must admit...I thought her new album was very impressive. There are a few songs on the album where Keri gets a little "hood" and even materialistic, however, this album is a step up from her last one. I honestly see Keri with having a very productive, progressive, wonderful career! My songs of choice on the album are:
-The Way You Love Me (sigh...Im guilty)
-One Night Stand
-Gimmie What I Want
-All The Boys
The "Pretty Girl Rock" just is waaaay too shallow and egotistical for me. Overall, I am very impressed with her album! I wish her much success! Im actually proud of what she has become; she went from being a ghost writer for major artists to establishing her own---cant knock the girl for hustling! This album was definitely worth the anticipation! I just really hope that now that she has received a little more promotion (ads on youtube, myspace, billboards in Atlanta, etc.), I really hope she calms it down with the way that she carries herself. After all, there is a difference between classy and trashy ;) Great way to end the year Keri!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2011
At first I was skeptical about purchasing this album. But after I listened to it I was hooked. A few of my favorites are
Pretty Girls Rock...this song is of course egotistical, but its a feel good song. Everyone needs a boost of confidence every now and then.
The Way You Love Me...Awesome club song. It will definitely get the club rocking.
Bahm Bahm...is another one of my favorites.
Breaking Point....is definitely a true song.
Overall, I think this album was good a good follow to her 1st cd
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2011
When I first heard Keri Hilson's "Energy", I was thinking, wow, this girl has staying power and raw talent. What caught my attention more than anything was the lyrics and production. Her voice was not bad at all on the track either. From there, I wanted more of her. I engaged myself in her first album, "In a Perfect World..." (which got pushed back so many times), and it was a cool CD, but certainly nothing memorable. Well, guess what, folks? It's the same deal here with "No Boys Allowed." This album is not horrible, but there is absolutely no classic material here and Keri sounds like everyone but herself. On this album, I heard her sounding like Rihanna, Ciara and Beyonce. But why? When you have talent oozing out of you when you want it to.
The leading single is "Pretty Girl Rock." Every time I listen to this track, I think to myself, "boy is this corny." I do like the track for it's cute and it's catchy and it's "for the moment", but Keri is dumbing herself down for the industry because I know what she is capable of. The video for "Pretty Girl Rock" is something to see, though! She pays homage to some great women such as Dorothy Dandridge, Josephine Baker, Janet Jackson, TLC and Donna Summer. I love the video. It's creative and it's obvious that the director and Keri put in some time to create it. Keri and Chris Brown join forces on the sensual slow jam, "One Night Stand." The song is nothing special, but it's okay. "Toy Soldier" is one of the better tracks on the album, especially the hook. I put this ballad on repeat a few times and I was saying, "OK, Keri. Good stuff."
She's trying to fit in. Point blank. I don't like that, but hey, she's trying to appeal to the GIRLS and make her money. I know she can make a classic LP, and I twiddle my thumbs until I get it.
Mikeisha's Top 5
1. "Pretty Girl Rock"
2. "Bahm Bahm/I Want You"
3. "Toy Soldier"
4. "Pretty Girl Rock Remix"
5. "Beautiful Mistake"
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2013
This is a big drop off quality-wise from previous Keri Hilson material. The CD had no great tracks and this was a much weaker album than her previous one. Save your money and buy something else.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2011
This is a great effort CD release by the talented sexy singer Keri Hilson, titled 'No Boys Allowed'. The CD opens up with "Buy You" : a great track featuring rapper J. Cole. Other great tracks include "The Way You Love" (a 'racy/fast' track with a great melody & enticing vocals/lyrics featuring Rick Ross), "Bahm Bahm (Do It Once Again)/(I Want You)" [a rather unusual slow reggae inspired track, quite different from other track but great],"One Night Stand" (a slow jam track with great sexy vocals/lyrics featuring Chris Brown) & "Beautiful Mistake" (electro/techno track with great vocals/melody). Okay tracks include "Pretty Girl Rock" (done twice : track 2, Keri Hilson alone & track 12 featuring the great rapper Kanye West) , "Toy Soldier" & "Gimme What I Want". My pick of the bunch are "Lose Control(Let Me Down)" [electro/techno track with a beautiful melody & Keri Hilson is great on vocals sounding like Rihanna featuring Nelly], "All The Boys" (a wonderful laid-back track with great vocals) & "Breaking Point" (slow jam with a great drum/bass combination). On overall, this is a great CD offering by the sexy singer Keri Hilson but be warned : not everybody is allowed or invited!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2011
Keri Hilson did fairly well for herself with 'In A Perfect World', her debut album. Turnin' Me On with Lil Wayne was a Top 20 hit and a smash on the R&B charts, and Knock You Down was everywhere for a while, reaching the top 5 on the Hot 100. Yet here Ms. Hilson is, seeming rather desperate, mixing up a good formula in an attempt to generate more hits.
Buyou: A good song to start off with. Nice, slick production helps, plus J. Cole's rap is really well done. This could have easily been included on her last album with the feel it has going. Single potential. B
Pretty Girl Rock: I'm not sure why Keri's managers messed with Breaking Point as a first single, because this one has lead single written all over it. The production is immaculate, the lyrics are solid, and Keri sounds fairly invested. Ridiculously catchy; you have been warned. B+
The Way You Love Me: Almost works, but not quite. This is Keri at her most desperate; she attempts to sell the song, giving her all by practically yelling the lyrics, but none of it catches fire. Rick Ross has a decent rap in it though. C
Bahm Bahm (Do It Once Again) / I Want You: The first 2/3 of this song is awful. It all comes off like a watered down version of Break It Off by Rihanna; dancehall at its worst. However, the 'I Want You' part is an exquisite bit of sensual R&B. D for Bahm Bahm, B+ for I Want You
One Night Stand: This is a fairly good slow R&B groove, riding a nice beat, but the album really needed something better at this point to really sell this album. Keri and Chris Brown make a nice pair though. B-
Lose Control / Let Me Down: This is finally when things get interesting. While it's a bit too popish, Lose Control has a solid dance-pop beat, and I never really notice when it switches to Let Me Down. Should've replaced Bahm Bahm earlier. B
Toy Soldier: A bit of a cheesy metaphor that comes off as desperate, but if you get past this, it's a good R&B song. Not so heavy on the pop, which is nice for Keri. A little forgettable, if nothing else. B-
Breaking Point: Critics seem to be raving this song, and normally love Timbaland's production, but I disdain this track. It is difficult for me to listen through it, especially the spoken part. Awful choice for a lead single, and it bombed accordingly. C-
Beautiful Mistake: This is good until the chorus. Heavy on the pop, and the stuttering part doesn't help her case. This pop persona Keri is pushing just seems to backfire every time. C
Gimme What I Want: Now this is when things heat up. Very nice attitude on the song, and the synth-wrapped opening is warranted. Heavy on pop, but it finally works. B
All The Boys: I'd go so far to say this is Keri's best ballad she's ever done. She seems truly invested, which is refreshing on an album so desperate to be a product and not just an artistic statement. B+
Pretty Girl Rock Remix: As much Kanye as Keri, if not more. He kills it, but if you weren't a fan of the original, this won't change your mind. B+
Just reviewing this album frustrated me once again. 'In A Perfect World' was my favorite R&B album of the year, and that was the same time when a Beyonce album got dropped. I wanted something like Get Your Money Up or Intuition or even Change Me, but got an album from an artist that might as well be an unknown. Keri's done a 180 here, and not in a good way. Don't buy the whole album, even if it's still 5 dollars.
Recommended Downloads: Buyou, Pretty Girl Rock (or remix), All The Boys
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2010
When an artist releases a well-crafted debut album, as Keri Hilson did in 2009, one always hopes the sophomore effort is better in at least some ways.
This album is not, because it simply repeats the formula of its predecessor, with weaker songs. There are only three tracks that are worthwhile, including "Pretty Girl Rock," "Gimme What I Want" and "Buyou." Those three tracks begin the album, and the rest of the tracks are mid-tempo ballads sandwiched between the occasional electro-r&b song that most artists of this genre are producing these days. The problem, of course, is that most of these songs don't really take hold, and it takes repeated listens even for the album's best moments to stick with you.
The album does not have the feel of a rushed, underdeveloped set of songs - it's the fact that the songs (and hooks) are just not there. Perhaps this genre has been milked to the last, because Timbo and his many collaborators appear to not even have any formulaic ideas left.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2011
I thought her first album was alright, but I LOVE this one. I can put the CD in and let it play all the way through. I truly appreciate when there is more than one or two good songs on a CD, so I was excited that I could truly enjoy this album. My favorite song is Toy Soldier. I absoulutely love the concept of that song. My next favorite is Beautiful Mistake. Overall It's a great album.
on January 1, 2011
PLEASE DO NOT REVIEW AN ALBUM IF YOU DIDN'T PURCHASE IT AND ACTUALLY LISTENED TO IT WITH AN OPEN MIND.
It kills me when people rate an album and they haven't even purchased it or they only listened to the previews. In my opinion, this album is a refreshing album. I didn't expect R&B that much because her first album didn't touch that much on R&B as I expected. I love this CD. I bought it on Sunday and have played it everyday on the way to work, at work and on the way back home. I especially love the way she displays the growth in her vocals throughout the album (still needs some work but hey). My favorite song is "The Way You Love Me". That upbeat song is what I need in the morning when I'm on the highway in traffic. It takes me to another world and gets me supercharged to face my day. I tried to fast-forward it every time I play the CD but I always re-wind back to the song and keep on playing the whole CD again. I still felt as if she was holding back her full potential here and that's understandable since it's only her second one. She still has time for growth and time to write more music. Most of the tracks on here were not written by her but I wish that she had at least co-wrote even the hooks so that she could have gotten credit. Shucks most of the major artists do that these days. The song may have something they ad-lib like do-wop de bop and they get credit for that. lol Keep up the good and hard work Keri and stay in your lane. That's what makes an artist a great artist. I can't even compare her to anybody else. She's just different and I like that. BTW, bought mine at BB online and picked it up in the store.
Order of favorites:
The Way You Love Me
Bahm Bahm (Big Up to R. City, St. Thomas Massive) I remember those Reichhold Center Days.
One Night Stand
Gimme What I Want
All The Boys
Pretty Girl Rock (I wish Ace Hood did the remix on this one. Sounded better than Kanye's)
Lose Control/Let Me Down
on June 5, 2012
Keri Hilson is back with her sophmore album No Boys Allowed which is far more cohesive than her debut In A Perfect World... which by al means is an excellent album but her follow up seems like more of an album with a meaning to it. All the songs are pretty much meant to impower its female audience with R&B / Pop mixes with much swagger. The opener "Buyou" will instantly dig itself Into your mind with its irresistible beats and the lingering lyrical question "How'd I end up with you?". The single "Pretty Girl Rock" may have been taken as Keri's ego song but seriously? Its more of a female pop anthem about feeling good about themselves. "The Way You Love Me" a Hip Hop oriented booty shaker is simply that. Its agressive sexual lyrics make it a standout track with notable production by Swizz Beatz. "Bahm Bahm (Do It Once Again)" is just ok until the interlude "(I Want You)" which altho only about a minute and a half puts you into a love making mood as well as the colaboration "One Night Stand" with Chris Brown. "Lose Control" is instantly unique in its sound its absolutly the best track Keri has recorded in the Dance genre. "Toy Soldier" and "Breaking Point" fall a little flat especially following such a stellar track. "Beautiful Mistake" is another standout track in which Keri tells her lover they are two beautiful people that have nothing in common but sexual attraction. "Gimme What I Want" follows which is on the shorter side but is pretty catchy. "All The Boys" is the final ballad which is pretty much saying goodbye to all the hearts I've broken and those who've broke mine. Overall this album was really underrated especially with critics. Keri is easily a hidden jem in the overly produced R&B genre.