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Evolution [Bonus DVD]
     

The Evolution [Bonus DVD]

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by Ciara
 

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Evolution is a slow process, so it shouldn't be startling that The Evolution is not a quantum leap forward from Goodies. Ciara's second album, The Evolution is held together by a handful of immaterial monologues that would be best left to an interview disc. Take "The Evolution of Music," where she states, "I feel like music is so

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Evolution is a slow process, so it shouldn't be startling that The Evolution is not a quantum leap forward from Goodies. Ciara's second album, The Evolution is held together by a handful of immaterial monologues that would be best left to an interview disc. Take "The Evolution of Music," where she states, "I feel like music is so different than what it used to be, and because of that, I was inspired to do something different this time around." And then in comes "Promise," yet another song referencing Kraftwerk and Zapp, and it also takes cues from prime Janet Jackson and Aaliyah -- so, no, it's not different at all. Make no mistake, though. The song is tremendous, one of the sexiest, slow-tempo, non-breakup songs of the past ten years. Yet, for all the talk of developing and being different, one might expect an album not as firmly rooted in electro and early '80s R&B as Goodies. (Even the album's sleek cover, somewhere between Robocop and the Pointer Sisters' Break Out, has a devolved look.) Those who can disregard the discrepancies between the pronouncements and the actual content will find an album that's on equal footing with Goodies. With the exception of "Promise," The Evolution lacks clear-cut highlights on the level of "Goodies," "1, 2 Step," and "Oh," but there are fewer outright disposables. Ciara and her songwriting partners' injection of a little more substance into the songs tends to pay off, as on "Like a Boy" ("What if I had a thing on the side, made you cry?/Would the rules change up, or would they still apply?"), while "My Love" and "So Hard" also surpass the aching and breaking moments on the debut. As expected, there are plenty of tracks geared toward letting loose and dancing, and most of them do deliver, even if they don't seem quite as fresh as Ciara's past hits. [The 2007 Sony BMG edition came packaged with an additional DVD of bonus material.]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2007
Label:
Sony/Bmg Int'l
UPC:
0886970568425
catalogNumber:
705684

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ciara   Primary Artist
Dallas Austin   Drums,Keyboards
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson   Bass
Donnie Lyle   Guitar
Rick Sheppard   MIDI Design
Tony Reyes   Bass,Guitar
Craig Love   Guitar
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
will.i.am   Keyboards
50 Cent   Guest Appearance
Patrick "Guitarboy" Hayes   Guitar
Elvis Williams   Keyboards,Vocals
Kendrick "Wyldcard" Dean   Strings,Keyboards
Toni Williams   Choir, Chorus
Tyron James Thornton   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

R. Kelly   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
Dallas Austin   Producer
Rick Sheppard   Engineer,Sound Design
Jazze Pha   Producer
Carlton Lynn   Engineer
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Producer
Vernon Mungo   Engineer
LaShawn Daniels   Vocal Programming,Vocal Producer
Abel Garibaldi   Engineer
Balewa Muhammad   Producer
will.i.am   drum programming
Ian Mereness   Programming,Engineer
Chris Haggerty   Authoring
Bryan-Michael Cox   Producer
Jason Schweitzer   Engineer
Mark Vinten   Engineer
Nico Solis   Engineer
Sam Thomas   Engineer
S.A. Baron   Director,Executive Producer
Sean Garrett   Vocal Producer
Jeff Meeks   Programming,Engineer
Candice Nelson   Producer
Cornelius Scott   Engineer
Travis Daniels   Engineer
Mike Tsarfati   Engineer
Dan Halperin   Producer
Kendrick "Wyldcard" Dean   Producer
Antwoine "T-Wiz" Collins   Producer
Stacy Kanter   Executive Producer
Jeff Edwards   Engineer
Polow da Don   Producer

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The Evolution 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked her upbeat songs but when she's doin them slow songs it doesn't fit her. Maybe it's because I'm use to hearin her bumpin hits. Just keep tryin.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD Is so wonderful she really outdone herself I hope she gets awards for the whole album
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Get up" is amazing! I love the beat! It makes u wanna get up! Love it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this CD, but I found it to be very disappointing. The only songs I like are the current singles. The rest are a waste.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ciara’s does show a heap of improvement as promise and it did in fact meet my expectations. Her sophomore album shows Ciara's growth from her Goodies days and lyrically she has matured and is quite creative in what she has to say. Her voice is on point but serves a different purpose. Less crunk and more ballads has been driven throughout this entire album. You will fine that the R&B/ballad measurement of this CD is way better than on Goodies and the dance tracks is pretty solid but not as hot. The tracks that stand out to me are Get Up, Promise, My Love, I Proceed, So Hard, Can't Leave Em' Alone, and That's Right. Change is a good thing because Ciara doesn't stick to just one in-house producer instead she hauls in big name producers such as the aforementioned Jerkins, The Neptune’s, will-i-am, and Sean Garrett makes this an enjoyable as well. I found the track “I’m Just Me” very mellow for a Neptune’s production and won’t have you believe that it was produce by them making it an average listen. Ciara is one great entertainer and is very innovative with her style. Her diva personality is very mellow compare to the other artist out there which makes her a good role model for the younger females. R&B fans that are looking to get this album should do so being that it’s something to groove to or mellow out in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is so good.I like all da songz on there.It was not a waste.I hope she cme out wit another cd too
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have her 1st cd and now i got this 1. i luv them both! if u dont like ciara u trippin' and u need some pills or sumthin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago