September 27, 2006

Justin vs Fergi vs Furtado vs Janet

Ive been listening to these fab 4 for a few days now and I’m comfortable to say that the queen of dance RnB pop, Ms Jackson (if ur nasty!!) is still sounding pretty convincing. Thou commercially I think the other 3 will do much better due to the fresh face factor that appeals to the younger generation. But I’m old school I’m more of a Mariah and Janet school of thoughts. But Janet needs to reinvent herself and keep herself up to date. Bland has been her current staple. She needs to spice her music up like her efforts in Janet, Velvet Rope and Rythm Nation.

Here are my reviews:

1. Justin Timberlake: FutureSex/LoveSound

The title is a bit too overexagerated for an overrated collection of songs. There’s nothing futuristic or groundbreaking about his second effort. There are many songs that sound like his old hits from his fantastic Justified (His best) (thou he said that he wanted something different from his debut album). His vocal is not as good as it was in his last album. His first single from this album is quite a suprise with synthesised vocal. It’s a grower i must say. I quite like it now thou it sounds a bit like Robbie’s Rudebox. His second single, My Love reminisces Cry me a river in the beat and mood. His upcoming third single, LoveStoned is based on the same template as Rock Your Body. It sounds like one of Michael Jackson’s tracks. But I have to say I love the remix of the song at the end of the song. It’s more haunting and new compared to the original version. The rest of the songs are a bit forgetable. Losing my way and What goes around are two of my favourite tracks : the one with the most outstanding melodies. POSE is the worst filler ever!! It is actually Mariah’s Say Something with Dullness Intensity INTENSIFIED gazillion times. A bit redundant. But overall, it is a good effort to diversify outside the mainstream pop.

I shall give it: 3.5 stars out of 5

2. Fergie: The Dutchess

Ok where do I start hmmm I quote ”... such a lady but I’m dancing like a H*...” That could have easily summed it up but I have to give her credibility justice. Her vocal prowess saved her from being another hiphop wannabe. And yes the beat striked a chord.. a good one in my book. The debut single London Bridge is silly but catchy nonetheless. Her ballads are actually good. Check Finally out. The girl can sing. The rest are too Lauryn Hill.. it’s like, you expect her to sing more but she raps most of the time.. what’s that all about!! My favourite tracks: London Bridge, Finally and Big Girls don’t cry. The rest are just fillers in my book.

Sorry Fergie, I can only give you 3 stars out of 5

3. Nelly Furtado: Loose

Wow, what can I say.. a big transformation from a prolific writer to a hiphopster with silly lyrics such as promiscous girl. But I’m glad she’s not too uptight now. Love the new sound. She looks incredible as well. I have so many favourites from the album. The one that stood out for me is Doesn’t really matter. But yeah keep it up Nelly!!

Coolness: 3.5 out of 5

4. Janet Jackson: 20 years old

Janet was at her best when she was full of angst. Now she’s happy and it trancends into her music. To me her Velvet Rope was her ultimate best album. I won’t call this album her comeback as she has always been there but it’s much better than her past 2 albums. More effort has been put into the making. Thou she still murmurs in most of her songs, the harmonies are still unbelievable. I love her second single So Excited. I doubt that she will do well commercially but she’s still great in my book.

2.5 stars out of 5 She has one of the best producers as a BF but half of the album is filled with bland-ness.

I’ll review Christina and Beyonce next. Ive listened to Christina’s CD2 of her Back to Basic. Not bad. Very classy I must say and her second single HURT is very very good. Thou the bridge when the key changes sounds a bit strange! But this girl can sing! Beyonce sounds a bit angry in this new album. And she tried too hard to outdo her debut album. I prefer her more laidback and sexy Dangerously in love album.

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