Basic Instinct

Basic Instinct

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by Ciara
     
 
On her fourth album, Ciara works extensively with Terius "The-Dream" Nash and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, the duo who collaborated on four of Fantasy Ride's best tracks. Unsurprisingly, the move fosters the singer's most consistent and unified release. For the most part, Nash and Stewart alter their ever-present sound just enough to

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On her fourth album, Ciara works extensively with Terius "The-Dream" Nash and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, the duo who collaborated on four of Fantasy Ride's best tracks. Unsurprisingly, the move fosters the singer's most consistent and unified release. For the most part, Nash and Stewart alter their ever-present sound just enough to avoid repeating themselves, albeit while incorporating some of their telltale sonic imprints -- the dive-bombing synths, the subtle background-vocal chirps, the unrivaled sonic opulence. They cover each base with great accuracy; there's a bombastic intro, a sleazy club track, some playful pop, and a ballad with a feather-light touch among them. The euphoric "Speechless" is the best of the seven Nash/Stewart productions, working a kind of regal slow-motion glide with synthetic horns and trunk-shaking bottom as Ciara's voice hovers in a love-struck daze. A few songs touch upon characteristics from Ciara's first two albums without being complete retreads; the Infinity-produced "Yeah I Know," for instance, enters like a low-profile update of "Goodies" -- Ciara is half confrontational, half flirtatious -- but incorporates a twisting, glitzed-out chorus. "Turn It Up," featuring Usher, improves upon Ciara's other attempts at aggressive dance-pop. It's one of the few effective Euro-flavored club numbers to be fronted by an R&B artist. Altogether, this is one of 2010's finest pop-R&B albums -- Ciara's best yet.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/2010
Label:
La Face
UPC:
0886977209222
catalogNumber:
772092
Rank:
79874

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ciara   Primary Artist
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Alex Al   Bass
Lauren Evans   Background Vocals
Monte Neuble   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Pat Thrall   Engineer,Vocal Effect
T. Williams   Composer
Kuk Harrell   Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
Mark Pitts   Executive Producer
C. Stewart   Composer
Courtney Walter   Art Direction
Josh Goodwin   Vocal Engineer
Ciara   Executive Producer
Soundz   Producer
Andrew Wuepper   Engineer
Josh Gudwin   Vocal Engineer
C. "Tricky" Stewart   Producer,Executive Producer
C. P. Harris   Composer
M. Molina   Composer
Christopher Bridges   Composer
Agency   Producer
Brian "B-Luv" Thomas   Engineer
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan   Engineer
Kelly Sheehan   Engineer
Tyler Williams   Producer
Terius Nash   Producer,Executive Producer

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