Bangers: Turnin' Me On, Knock You Down, Slow Dance, Make Love, Energy
Keri Hilson has been on her grind for a while, being that she has written numerous tracks for big name stars like Beyonce, Ciara and Pussycat Dolls, just to name a few. Her highly-anticipated album has finally been released, after waiting a little over a year and having most of the albums tracks leaked. Is this a perfect album? ...
Intro - Very Timbaland-ish and a little predictable as Keri sings in her high pitched airy tone. The beat bumps kinda hard but it's nothing special here. "Oooh we bout to get it poppin..."
Turnin' Me On -Hard-hitting and seriously bass-heavy as Keri comes in swaggerifficly (if that's a word), "Fly as hell, swagger right, Brown skin...". This is surely a club hit. "Dime diva's give it to me!" Lil' Wayne makes an appearance here as well but it's nothing spectacular.
Get Your Money Up - While this song seems that it was set to be a woman's anthem for independence and instructions for men to get right, it slightly misses the mark for me. Keyshia Cole also sings here as well as Trina and her "baddest chick" persona. Pass.
Return The Favor - Sexy and definitely a mix of Timbaland's work. The beat has a nice change of pace during the hook but it's the type of track you could tire of. Good try.
Knock You Down - Steady beat and synths. Kanye Wests' lyrical charm. Keri rides the beat very well with lovely melodies. Ne-Yo's voice is also very smooth and a welcome surprise. Repeat. "Sometimes love comes around and it knocks you down, just get back up. when it knocks ya down..." Well produced Danja! :)
Slow Dance - "Come here baby. Sometimes I just wanna dance witchu..." Sultry and sexy. High synths and a slow grinding beat. Repeat.
Make Love - Easily the best song on the album. This song puts you in the mind of Alicia Keys "Like You'll Never See Me Again" trance type of synths and intro. "I'm gonna wait on you hand and foot, like the king you are baby..." Definitely repeat. Keri's voice is absolutely beautiful and effortless as she shows off her skills, which has otherwise been hidden beneath over-active tracks.
Intuition - Sigh. This is where we wish Timbaland/Danja hadn't reused beats on such interesting lyrics. Keri's lyrics are backed by what sounds like a looped Indian flute while she sings, "I got this crazy feeling, I'm gon' be single again...I know you gon' mess up." Ok Keri.
How Does It Feel - Another Timbaland production. Horns. Banging beat. While the song gets you hype, it's a bit forgettable. "You can keep on feeling yaself, Imma be with somebody else..."! May wanna give it a second listen. The hook is truly the best part of the song.
Alienated - A bit reminiscent of a Janet Jackson song. Nevertheless a bit forgettable. Heavy synths once again and an over-active track filled with random sound effects. "Can't get you outta my system."
Tell Him The Truth - "If you thought that I was perfect boy, you were wrong..." Slow, sensual beat with snaps and random synths. Nice song.
Change Me - This beat is honestly hot, but overall the song in itself is just too much. Vocals everywhere throughout the song. However, "Miss Keri, baby" sings her ass off in this song surprisingly. Akon is featured here and this is when the song should be cut off.
Energy - Nice mid-tempo track and Keri's first single produced by The Runaways and very well done. Definitely one of the best simply because it's different from the rest of the album. Wonderful lyrics as well. Repeat. "I wish I could rip out a page of my memory, cause I put to much energy in him and me...".
Where Did He Go - Another recycled beat by Timbaland/Danja. "Can you tell me where did he go?" Perhaps they are speaking on a certain fellow called "creativity".