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In 2006 the Atlanta R&B singer named as the Queen of the fusion 'Crunk&B' style, brought "The Evolution" as her second album. With it she was able to show growth in not only her music, but herself as person and so whished to reflect this in the album as she would trace the progression she had underwent as she goes from the club music based on the trends of her home in A-Town, Georgia, she was seen to move it on to more Pop-based material.
1. "That's Right"
She wastes no time whatsoever here as she gets things started with a Lil' Jon-assisted jam created to get you in just the sort of mood that you need to be for this album. It is a powerful one and has Lil' Jon returning to his early years messing around with Miami Bass material and so this becomes prominent as Ci-Ci sings in typical fashion about ho she's taking things towards the clubs (just where this music needs to be).
2. "Like A Boy"
The music moves on quite a bit as with this one you see that the atmosphere changes as it is adapted to fit in with the fact that she is performing a track which a much more adventurous concept as she does one which has her taking on the role of a male and seeing how this sort of role suits her and how she would sometimes wish to be just this for a bit of a change to get loose with beats which suit the sort of material which is seen as appealing for the males.
3. "The Evolution Of Music" (Lude)
You immediately feel quite a change in the way that the thing is produced as Polow Da Don gets on the beats and takes things towards the slow and seductive style as she sings intimately towards her partner. It is one which really shows progression from past work and seems to really fit right in off the interlude as a track to really move things on for her and show where she could potentially take it.
5. "I Proceed"
This is a pretty fresh jam from Ciara and one which really does the job as you see that she gets down to one where she is seen to move things on into a fresh and exciting club atmosphere as The Neptunes get on the beats and they cause to take on a style which reflects the fact that she is trying out some futuristic things with this album. It is an engaging tune form her and one which anyone can really get down to.
6. "Can't Leave 'Em Alone"
50 Cent is seen to join heron this one as she gets down to one which doesn't really support his appearance too well at all as she seems to distance herself from the Hip Hop-influenced material quite a bit and it means that it doesn't really make for results which make much sense. I felt that his guest rhymes were something which I could overlook to a degree as she does a pretty fly tune with lots of Pop appeal.
Lil' Jon gets back to it for this one and he is seen to take things right back to the clubs as he drops some Booty Bass beats on it, and does so in a way so that she is still able to do things in a way which will have her doing things in a way so that they appeal to those who tend to really enjoy the Pop R&B side of her music. It is constructed well for this reason and it is a track on the album which you can't really hate on as a result.
8. "My Love"
I wasn't really with this one as here you find that her attention seems to turn in a different direction as she sings a traditional ballad. It is one which really separates itself from the kind of thing which is found elsewhere on the album and so isolates itself, but i woudln't say that it was a posivite for it as the minimal production which it was given put me off and prevented me from feeling it in the way I could with others here.
9. "Evolution Of Dance" (Lude)
10. "Make It Last Forever"
On the killer Lyn Collins "Think" break (the Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock"It Takes Two" adaptation), you find that on this one you get her jumping on top of Darkchild's production to come out with one where she is able to show that she hasn't forgotten about the Hip Hop end of her music. It is one of the biggest club tunes on the album and one which should really have dropped as a single as it is so heavy.
11. "Bang It Up"
With this one Polow Da Don gets back on the beats and he gets down to one where he throws in some heavy bass to guide him through as she gets down to one which is bound to appeal o those who enjoy the sort of Crunk & B material which came with the most popular tracks on her debut album. It is a pretty fresh joint from her and one which holds things together nicely here so you can't really complain.
12. "Get Up"
Featuring on the 'Step Up' soundtrack, this one is a banger and has her working alongside Jazzy Pha (on the beats) and Chamillionaire (with the rap vocals). This one has her jumping on the haunting, Michael Jackson-assisted "Somebody's Watching Me" joint to push it along as she comes out with a track which is designed specifically for dancing to. It is a killer jam and one which you can't really fault.
13. "The Evolution Of Fashion" (Lude)
14. "Get It, Fit In"
This freaky and fresh jam is produced by The Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, who comes out with a trakc which is seen to get her getting down to a tune which takes on a blend of Hip Pop and the sort of house material which was seen to become a staple art of what the producer and vocal artis was about from this point onwards as part of his group and as a soloist. It is a big tune and keeps the flow of the club jams going.
15. "The Evolution Of C" (Lude)
16. "So Hard"
With this one she moves back towards the ballad material and I felt that this one faced the same sort of issues which the earlier tunes did as it is one which doesn't really have that much going for it and although I can understand that she needs to calm things down at some point, it takes it to the point where you aren't really that interested by what's going on as it is so uneventful and her vocals are so plain.
17. "I'm Just Me"
On this one Pharrell and Chad Hugo (The Neptunes) are on the production and two of them are seen to bring some life o her material as she gets down to one where she attempts something similar to what was heard on the track prior to it, but as the two of them are so far ahead of the game, they can't just still to something so plain and so try out something fresh, but I still wouldn't say it is anything more than average in spite of this.
18. "I Found Myself"
The album ends with Dallas Austin taking control of the production and so I had a good idea that the music would stay on the same sort of level as what was found with all of the tracks leading up to the end as on it she calms it right down and gets to one where she sings a plain bald. Her vocals are alright, but nothing special as she does one where she shows how she has personally moved on with her music.
If it wasn't for the last few tracks, then this would be a strong album from Ciara as it finds her throwing out some good concepts and delivering well with pretty much all of them as she comes with lots of diversity to hint on possible directions she could take her music later on and showing how well she can hit with these here, but the ballads put me off and took away from the standard which was brought in the early phases in the same way that her first album suffered.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 That's Right featuring Lil Jon
2 Like A Boy
3 The Evolution Of Music (Interlude)
5 I Proceed
6 Can't Leave 'Em Alone Featuring 50 Cent
8 My Love
9 The Evolution Of Dance (Interlude)
10 Make It Last Forever
11 Bang It Up
12 Get Up Featuring Chamillionaire
13 The Evolution Of Fashion (Interlude)
14 Get In, Fit In
15 The Evolution Of C (Interlude)
16 So Hard
17 I'm Just Me
18 I Found Myself
20 Promise (Go and Get Your Tickets Mix) featuring R. Kelly