Album of the Week: Ciara 'Jackie'
Mon, 11 May 2015 10:48:36
R&B goddess nabs Album of the Week with dynamic opus!
Ciara achieves Album of the Week with Jackie [Epic]. The R&B diva's sixth full-length offering lithely walks the line between confident, charismatic, and catchy soul and big, bombastic dance floor anthems. It's a delicate balancing act that she pulls off with continued success, once again firming up her spot at the top of the genre. She's got the likes of Dr. Luke, Harmony "H-Money" Samuels, Polow da Don, and more on board for production, and the music feels richly diverse and dynamic as a result. At the same time, there's a pronounced and potent intimacy to Jackie, named after her mother, as if we're really getting to meet her for the first time. It's incredible to have that much energy six albums deep, and Ciara makes it all seem new again.
Everything kicks off with the strut of "Jackie (B.M.F)." This one could've been a theme song for Jackie Brown in that it blends a modern dose of futurism with a timeless walk, merging a massive declaratory refrain "I'm a bad motherf***er" with a danceable crescendo. Meanwhile, the tempo shifts on the epic collaboration "That's How I'm Feeling'," which pairs her up with Pitbull and Missy Elliott. The cameos expand the sonic palette, while allowing Ciara's refrain to really shine.
"Dance We're Making Love" tempers a pomp sensibility with club-closing prowess. "All Good" really pops as it pushes forward with a propulsive swagger that hits a high point as Ciara delivers an infectious refrain in between the bright verses. Jackie also gives us the hit single "I Bet," which remains one of her most passionate anthems thus far.
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