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"Time For A Change" came out in 2007, and although the third overall release, it was Cupid's commercial debut. The Louisiana R&B singer, Cupid shot to fame in '07 with his variation of 'The Shuffle', and although it didn't make any sort of impact in the UK, this dance took over the US in summer of that year to the degree that Soulja Boy's "Crank That" did around the same sort of time.
To get things doing as we start the album we have him showing how people do southern Hip Hop around this time, and it finds him doing a track which essentially plays up to the "Crank" sub-culture of 2006 and 2007 with him describing dance moves with his amazing voice on some Snap Music backing. It is a big one, and just the way you want it to begin.
This one finds him singing about the the expected things which you find in an R&B album, and he choose to go for some production which appears to lift you, and despite the fact that I wasn't really that keen on it, the energy which he gives means that you can't hate on it as he shows that he is prepared to do things him way no matter how people see it.
3. "Do Yo Dance"
Moving things on a big you have him performing a song which isn't quite as appealing as what we have had up to this point as it appears that he is simply going for the typical and obvious choices as he performs a song which could have done by any R&B singer at the time, there's just nothing really worth listening to here as many have done this type of thing much better.
4. "The Let Out"
You have him come to work with both Tay Dizm and T-Pain on this one to show that he has some mainstream support, and since T-Pain actually appeared on the remix to his hit track, you expected this to go down at some point. I felt that it made for a nice one as they choose to go for a gentle one which has T-Pain take over with his own production and him singing with Cupid throughout it.
5. "Cupid Shuffle"
We drop his banger on this one. You really can't find a fault in this one, it is just a banger of a tune and it has him appealing to absolutely everyone with a dance based on the type of thing people were doing from the seventies, and just adapted it very slightly with a southern bass running through it to get the younger ones into the swing of it. Just check this one out.
B.o.B, ho know goes by Bobby Ray comes to collaborate with him as he does a jam which seems to take on a very similar structure to the one prior to it. It seems that he has chosen to go for more classic dances which everyone knows here, and I felt that it was great to bring in listeners with familiar material as he tries to adapt it t something more modern with a much weightier feel that what you get in earlier phases, and it makes for a big one ultimately.
7. "Spin The Bottle"
Here he performs a song which appears to lead into the material where he completely changes his approach, and it seems as if he is attempting to lead you into the more soft material with as song which still manages to fit in with the type of trends of R&B with the same sort of production which is typically used in this and the same sort of subject matter, but it lacks the energy which you expect from such a tune, so it results in it begin just average.
8. "Someone Likes You"
I have to say that I wasn't really that keen on this one as t has him dropping the pace to go for a slow jam, and I felt that although it was able to show his vocals as best that that they can get, the overall quality of the thing wasn't really that impressive and so it meant that it let him down quite about as he puts his all into it, but it doesn't really deliver wit the rest of it.
9. "Say Yes"
Here he takes what occurred in the track prior to it a stage further as he chooses to do a track which appeals to his main audience of the older listener, and so chooses that it is time for a ballad. However I felt that here this is were I lost him, as I couldn't really connect with what he sang, or how it was done by him.
10. "Don't Love Her To Death"
Here goes further into the type of thing which you had in the track prior to it, and just as before I felt as though I was lost with it all, and it was just a track which he chose to make appeal to an audience which is far from who I am, so I can appreciate that he sings well, but I just couldn't feel the overall sound of it.
11. "Cupid Shot You"
As we ease towards the end, we have a nice two-stepping groove to get everyone relaxed as wishes to make things much gentler. It is a nice little one from him, and it shows just how strong him vocals are as the party atmosphere is directed to a much calmer setting as he drops a mellow one to bring things to set up for the track following it.
12. "I Love Me"
The final track here has him do a track which completely twists the way things have been going in the tunes leading up to it as he gets in a hype to bring back all the younger listens as he collaborates with a fairly big Louisiana name, Foxx, who provides some raps to work with him and direct him as he does a cartoony song.
With him starting a dance craze, you know it essentially means that he's a one-hit wonder, and I felt as though this album affirmed this as there really isn't a lot more going for it as he performs lots of Pop tunes and a couple of jams which basically lift from his hit. It is very inconsistent, and it holds it back greatly, and so its only really worth getting the "Cupid Shuffle", rather than a whole record from him.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
3 Do Yo Dance
4 The Let Out
5 Cupid Shuffle
7 Spin the Bottle
8 Someone Like You
9 Say Yes
10 Don't Love Her To Death
11 Cupid Shot You
12 I Love Me