Just Like You
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LAST YEAR KEYSHIA COLE ROSE TO BECOME AN R&B PHENOMENON. USA Today said Cole separates herself from the average R&B/pop diva, as she makes you feel her heartbreak without the histrionics; and People said- [Keyshia Cole] shows that she is more than just a pretender on the thrown and Rolling Stone said Cole serves up grit beyond her years. Her fans agreed, The Way It Is went PLATINUM. Keyshia's sophomore album entitled Just Like You demonstrates that with earnest desire and dedication you can succeed; anyone can, like you!
On Just Like You, her sophomore disc, Keyshia Cole proves for a second time--for sure and way beyond the shadow of a doubt--that she's headed for Mary J. Blige-style hugeness. If 2005's The Way It Is won fans for its bottomless vocal appeal and mild grit, Just Like You scores with a more potent and refined dose of the same. Right out of the gate these tracks grab hold: "Let It Go" latches onto a groove and rides it hard, and not just because Lil' Kim and Missy Elliott are gripping, too. It's a Keyshia-derived attitude, an even-keeled brand of cool, that seeps into all 14 songs and gives them heft and substance. Hear it on "Got to Get My Heart Back" and "Give Me More," two of the best and most honest-sounding tracks on a disc that got a lot of help--Diddy guests, and so do T.I., Too $hort, and Young Dro--but clearly didn't need it. Count on Just Like You landing on a lot of R&B top 10 lists for 2007. --Tammy La Gorce
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It is amazing that Keyshia Cole is so young, in her 20s, but for me why her music works is because all her songs clearly come from the soul and for such a youngin she has experienced a great deal. This comes across strongly and her music seems much older than her years. With so much music today dubbing and overdubbing the singers voice it is refreshing to hear music here with Keyshia's voice strongly in the forefront untouched, sincere and strong.
For me there is not a miss on this set but there are certainly some standouts. With the uptempo numbers as well as the slower songs and ballads a smooth r@b groove permeates throughout the whole cd with her vocals leading it all. I REMEMBER is a defining moment for me with FALLIN OUT coming in a close second. LET IT GO, DIDN'T I TELL YOU, GOT TO GET MY HEART BACK and WORK IT OUT are all excellent.
Bottom line, Keyshia Cole is not an overproduced product but a true artist. She is an amazing talent and it is reflected with each release. Her music shows her growth with her craft as well as with her own self. She sings from the heart and soul and possesses amazing vocal gifts. Her voice is raw, powerful and emotional with an exemplary range. If she wants it, a huge and long future is in the wait for her. What a huge talent.
Highly recommend this cd.
Her vocal performance is definitely smoother so the gritty soulful vocals that I fell in love with on her debut are nowhere to be found on this set which reminds me of Fantasia, another powerful vocalist whose sophomore set features more restrained vocals.
Overall I'm not disappointed in the cd but fans of her debut disc should be aware that this cd features a seemingly softer version of Keyshia Cole and after a few listens I definitely appreciate the direction that she took with her 2nd offering. And although there are several tracks that I loved immediately they really haven't "hit me in the heart" the way that I JUST WANT IT TO BE OVER did the first time I heard it.
My thoughts on the tracks:
LET IT GO - really smart sample use, excellent lead single choice and I love the fact that Missy & Lil Kim don't overshadow Keyshia's vocals 4.5/5 stars
DIDN'T I TELL YOU - I really dislike this track, Too Short adds nothing to the mix, the lyrics & vocals are "meh" to me 0/5 stars
FALLIN' OUT - I really like this track, it's got a melodic mid-tempo beat and Keyshia's vocals are so smoothed out that it really displays her improvement as a vocalist 4/5 stars
GIVE ME MORE - I loved the musical arrangement of this single 4/5 stars
I REMEMBER - the melody of the musical arrangement sounds so familiar but is very pretty and her restrained singing perfectly meshes 4.5/5 stars
SHOULDA LET YOU GO - although this song reminds me too much of a MJB track, I really like the pairing of Keyshia's vocal performance with the rapper, Amina, who sounds a little like a smoothed out Lil Kim 4.5/5 stars
HEAVEN SENT - this is another really good track featuring really pretty musical & vocal arrangements that showcase Keyshia's vocals 5/5 stars
SAME THING - I like how the previous track flows into this interlude which then flows perfectly into the next track 4.5/5 stars
GOT TO GET MY HEART BACK - this track is very "ok" & filler-ish to me 3/5 stars
WAS IT WORTH IT? - also just an "ok" track to me although I do enjoy the musical arrangement 2/5 stars
JUST LIKE YOU - the album gets back on track with this heartfelt ballad, the lyrics, vocal & musical arrangements are beautiful 4.5/5 stars
LOSING YOU - I love the pairing of Keyshia & Anthony Hamilton's voices although I wish it were more of a true duet instead of each just singing their individual verses 3.5/5 stars
LAST NIGHT - I fell in love with this track solely for Keyshia's assist to Diddy, whose rap/singing gets annoying & the head nodding musical arrangement 4.5/5 stars
WORK IT OUT - another good single with excellent production 3.5/5 stars
LET IT GO (REMIX) - same track only the male rappers were included, nothing was done to shake up the track by using a different musical arrangement so I'd rank it slightly less enjoyable to listen to than the original
I'd recommend that fans get the disc as Keyshia is showing great improvement in her vocal performance on the entire disc which for me as a music fan is a positive step because it shows that she is trying to get better as an artist & singer while maintaining control of both her musical content & image.