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From appearing on various tracks with various rap and hip hop artists, Keri Hilson has been letting the public get acquainted with her vocal talent.
In a Perfect World is by no means a perfect album, however, all the tracks are easy and enjoyable on the ears. The album, however, has a couple stand out tracks. Most notably, are "Knock you Down," "Slow Dance," "Turning me on," and "Change Me" are truly addicting. You will find yourself listening to these tracks or skipping to them not because the rest of the album is bad, but because those songs are that good.
Keri's voice is incredibly hot and sexy. Does she display vocal range in the album? Not really, but she doesn't need too because the lyrics and her voice are incredible.
Her slow songs, "Tell him the Truth" and "Where did he Go" or stellar slow tracks, but lets be honest her production team is at it's best bringing out club hits.
So if you're looking for an album that will keep you awake and pumped for a long drive, get this cd because it offers enough variety and stellar songs that you will be pumped for the drive.
This is by no means a perfect album, but if this is her first try and is the tip of the iceberg, I can't wait for her sophomore effort!
After "Intro" (cliched on every R&B/Hip-Hop album since the Ice Ages), Keri gets the party started with the hip-hop heavy hitter "Turnin' Me On", the first track to give Keri her own hit. Sure "Energy" was a fine track, but it failed at radio. "Turnin Me On" was destined to be a hit - it featured Lil Wayne. The production by Polow Da Don is exceptional here, and Keri sounds fantastic. "Get Your Money Up" keeps the momentum going hard, featuring Keyshia Cole and Trina. Catchy, stupid, and simple, it is a worthwhile listen. Production again stands out, with Hilson's somewhat skinny vocals blending well within the production. Similarly, Keri's vocals are buried within Timbaland's production work on "Return the Favor" which is nearly as good as the first two tracks if a bit long.Read more ›
Hilson gives ballad lovers a little something with songs like "Slow Dance", "Where Did He Go" and "Tell Him the Truth." She has a few mid-tempos like "Energy" and "Turnin' Me On." But, more than anything there are fast tracks like "Knocks You Down", "Get Your Money Up" and "Return the Favor." I know that Hilson has written songs for others, but she is VERY influenced by other artists like Beyonce', Prince and Ciara. I don't know which artist is the originial, Keri or the others, since she has written for other people. What I do know is that "Energy" is very creative and I wish that she would have been that creative with the entire album. There is so much Timbaland stamped her that it isn't even funny. "Get Your Money Up" is a decent song, but it's a big gold digger-ish. This song is telling men that they need more than what they already have if they plan on impressing her. Lil Wayne does a fine job with "Turnin' Me On." He really makes the song a lot better with his well-thought out rhyme.
This CD will last throughout 2009, but it is not a classic and it will not stand the test of time. Keri Hilson's overall talent is quite undeniable, but sadly, the best of Keri is yet to come; surely it isn't on this mediocre debut.
Mikeisha's Top 5
2. "Knocks You Down"
3. "Make Love"
5. "Slow Dance"
Several of the ballads recall neo-80's tributes to Prince (Slow Dance) and Janet Jackson (Make Love), while others stick to the basic formula of Polow/Danja. Two things hold this album back from being a five-star affair, the first being that several of the album's latter tracks fail to pick up any steam (as hard as it tries, the track "Tell Him the Truth" and the Akon collaboration "Change Me" never develops a killer hook), and particularly the album's closing track, "Where Did he Go" is just tacked on filler. In addition, Hilson tries to project two different images on the album's artwork. By the looks of the photo on the back cover (which features a sports-bra-wearing Hilson draped in bling featuring a dirty south necklace)one might be inclined to think the songs would sound like Rasheeda or Foxy Brown. But that is far from the case; this is strictly a pop record in which the songs follow a basic pop formula. At it's finest, the album would compare favorably to many others released in this genre this year. It only comes up short due to a lack of consistent songs. But there is more than enough here to make it well worth repeated listens. Hilson's voice is sugary-sweet and she comes across as seductive without trying too hard to be.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great concept and delivery of music! It is a perfect balance of music and lyrics.Published 18 months ago by Quietwonder
Oh well you win some you lose some. I am just for real singing. Get your money up was a good song and I think Pretty girls rock was up here. Wait why did I buy this? LMBOPublished on May 14, 2014 by Deprieshia Speller
I haven't even got all the way through this one yet, but I definately like it so far. It feels a bit more grown up than her last album, and I'm liking it!Published on March 26, 2014 by Amazon Customer