The Evolution

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Ciara's sophomore disc features the hit singles "Promise" and "Get Up" (featuring Chamillionaire) as well as production by Rodney Jerkins, Pharrell, and will.i.am. The disc also includes a limited edition DVD which teaches Ciara's dance moves from the music videos for "Get Up, "Promise," and more.
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Ciara's sophomore disc features the hit singles "Promise" and "Get Up" (featuring Chamillionaire) as well as production by Rodney Jerkins, Pharrell, and will.i.am. The disc also includes a limited edition DVD which teaches Ciara's dance moves from the music videos for "Get Up, "Promise," and more.
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/2006
  • Label: La Face
  • UPC: 886970333627
  • Catalog Number: 703336
  • Sales rank: 33,861

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That's Right (4:16)
  2. 2 Like a Boy (3:57)
  3. 3 The Evolution of Music (Interlude) (0:10)
  4. 4 Promise (4:27)
  5. 5 I Proceed (4:13)
  6. 6 Can't Leave 'Em Alone (4:04)
  7. 7 C.R.U.S.H. (4:17)
  8. 8 My Love (4:00)
  9. 9 The Evolution of Dance (Interlude) (0:15)
  10. 10 Make It Last Forever (3:33)
  11. 11 Bang It Up (3:04)
  12. 12 Get Up (4:21)
  13. 13 The Evolution of Fashion (Interlude) (0:15)
  14. 14 Get in, Fit In (4:13)
  15. 15 The Evolution of C (Interlude) (0:19)
  16. 16 So Hard (4:49)
  17. 17 I'm Just Me (4:32)
  18. 18 I Found Myself (4:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Get Up
  2. 2 Promise
  3. 3 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ciara Primary Artist
Dallas Austin Drums, Keyboards
Cara Fears Choir, Chorus
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson Bass
James Phillips Keyboards
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
Bryan-Michael Cox Bass, Strings, Drums, Keyboards
Elvis Williams Keyboards, Vocals
Kendrick "Wyldcard" Dean Strings, Keyboards
Toni Williams Choir, Chorus
Tyron James Thornton Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
C.P. Love Composer
Dallas Austin Producer
J.C. Phillips Composer
Rick Sheppard Engineer, Sound Design
Rodney Jerkins Producer, Vocal Producer
Chris Athens Mastering
Carlton Lynn Engineer
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith Producer
Vernon Mungo Engineer
Pharrell Williams Producer
LaShawn Daniels Vocal Producer
Balewa Muhammad Vocal Producer
C. Nelson Composer
will.i.am Producer, drum programming
The Neptunes Producer
Kobie Brown Sample Clearance
A.J. Collins Composer
Andrew Coleman Engineer
Courtney Walter Art Direction
S. Garrett Composer
Bryan-Michael Cox Programming, Producer
Jason Schweitzer Engineer
Kasseem Dean Composer
Mark Vinten Engineer
Dru Castro Engineer
Padraic Kerin Engineer
Nico Solis Engineer
Sam Thomas Engineer
S.A. Baron Director, Executive Producer
Sean Garrett Vocal Producer
Candice Nelson Vocal Producer
Travis Daniels Engineer
D. Austin Composer
Mike Tsarfati Engineer
Dan Halperin Producer
Kendrick "Wyldcard" Dean Producer
Jasper Cameron Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Sgt. C. Jackson Composer
Calvo DaGr8 Producer
The Clutch Producer
Antwoine "T-Wiz" Collins Producer
Ghostbusta Engineer
Donato Guadagnoli Sample Clearance
Stacy Kanter Executive Producer
Brian Kennedy Producer
Polow da Don Producer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    something's not right

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Evolution isn’t that extreme but is held rather nicely.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ciara u go gurllllllllll!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OMG!!!

    This CD Is so wonderful she really outdone herself I hope she gets awards for the whole album

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Really Like it!!!!!!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What Happened?

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE "GET UP"!

    "Get up" is amazing! I love the beat! It makes u wanna get up! Love it!!

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    Posted June 11, 2009

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