CD Review: Ciara

Basic Instinct (Jive)

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Why so angry, Ciara? The R&B singer kicks off her fourth album with a song all about the haters, which seems a little out of place in her usually smooth, sexy world. Things pick up with the slow-grooving "Ride," clubby "Gimme Dat," and the retro soul-pop of "Heavy Rotation." Still, Ciara strips down parts of Basic Instinct to the point where they're barely there. "Yeah I Know" is little more than a few vocal loops, a drum machine, and a low-key bass line (but the skeletal elements do make the song's big chorus shine). And "Girls Get Your Money" is a tag-along little sister to Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)." Basic Instinct is sort of a reaction to Ciara's overly polished records of the past few years, an attempt to bring her back to her bare R&B roots. Good intentions, but her pop-minded fans won't find much love here. — Ben Gifford

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