After many pushbacks, Ciara’s Basic Instinct is finally here. Basic Instinct is the artist, dancer, actress, and model’s fourth studio album. Producers involved on this project are: Ciara herself, The Dream, Tricky Stewart, Soundz, and T-Minus.
Ciara’s 2009 release was a commercial failure, only selling 200,000+ units. It’s unfortunate because musically, Fantasy Ride was her most impressive album. Many listeners argued that Ciara abandoned the ‘Crunk & B’ sound that made her unique from her counterparts.
Ciara adheres to her fan’s wishes, and takes it ‘back to the basics’.
Basic Instinct opens with Ciara’s promo single “Basic Instinct (U Got Me)”. Inadvertently, the public took this track as a response diss to Keri Hilsonâ€™s â€œTurning Me On (remix)â€.
The albumâ€™s lead single â€œRideâ€ which features Ludacris follows. The sexually provocative choreography and lyrics caused a lot of controversy for the single that ultimately overshadowed the buzz around the song. Nevertheless, this is a great song.
The high-octane single â€œGimme Datâ€ follows. I canâ€™t dance to save my life, but listening to this makes me want to be a dancer of some sort. The bass heavy song just makes your blood race.
Ci-Ci introduces the radio-friendly â€œHeavy Rotationâ€. Regardless of what Ciaraâ€™s fans contest, this is the type of music Ci should be putting out as singles.
Here lies the biggest misstep and C-error of the entire album: â€œGirls Get Your Moneyâ€. I knew from the title that this song would be ridiculously elementary. Seriously, this song took the ice pick from Sharon Stone, and stuck it in my â€˜basic instinctâ€™ eardrums. Iâ€™m ashamed that Ciara even recorded this. It sounds like a demo track she used 15 years ago.
The blunder continues with â€œYeah I Knowâ€. Copy and paste everything I said about â€œGirls Get Your Moneyâ€ here.
My spirits for the album are re-uplifted with the addictive â€œSpeechlessâ€. The horn-heavy track was an instant gem. The chorus is a bit much, but a great song nevertheless. I think if the single was actually promoted, it could have performed better on the charts.
â€œYou Can Get Itâ€ delivers the sensual, urban sound Ciara has become famous for. If you liked â€œOhâ€, â€œPromiseâ€, or â€œLike A Surgeonâ€, you will adore â€œYou Can Get Itâ€.
The Pop-radio-ready club banger â€œTurn It Upâ€ follows. This track would have been a great record to open up Basic Instinct to mainstream listeners. Hopefully, this song becomes a single. Imagine Usher and Ciara performing together! The choreography would be limitless.
â€œWants For Dinnerâ€ infuses an unexpected Reggae sound to the albumâ€¦ and Iâ€™m not mad at all. Itâ€™s very catchy and unique for Ciara. Who wouldnâ€™t want to see Ci-Ci â€˜dutty wineâ€™ on stage?
Basic Instinct closes with â€œI Run Itâ€. The track is quite reminiscent of Janet Jackson. Speaking of Janet, when are you going to get off your high horse and collaborate with Ciara? The collaboration could possibly help you both.
Overall, Basic Instinct is a solid effort. Most of the songs leaked well ahead of the release date, so this may hinder the success and/or anticipation for the album.
Iâ€™ve been a fan of Ciara since Goodies, so I only want the best for the star. With that being said, I have a few tips for you (Ciara). Iâ€™m speaking directly with hopes of you reading my review. Ciara, fire your entire A&R and publicists. You are beautiful, articulate, and talented. Advertisers and marketers should be bursting down your door begging you to endorse their products.
Next, you have to promote your material. If it takes walking down Peachtree holding a boom box, you should do it. You have to show the public that you support yourself. You appeared on 106th and Park for a week and didn’t perform a single song.
Last but not least, stop listening to your fans. The Ustream sessions are a good way to intimately connect with your fans, but leave those conversations on Ustream. Stop taking advice from them. If they cared about your career, they would have supported your last effort. I say f*ck â€˜em! You seriously need to remap your career and reinvent your sound. You need to chuck deuces to The Dream and Tricky and call Missy and Ester! There is absolutely no reason tone deaf Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, or any other Pop act careers are flourishing and yours is dwindling. Good luck and God bless!
Genius tracks: â€œRideâ€, â€œGimme Datâ€, â€œSpeechlessâ€, â€œYou Can Get Itâ€, â€œI Run Itâ€, “Turn It Up”