Ciara has flagged a bit in years past, most notably with the massacre that was Basic Instinct, but this record properly cements her position as one of the most excellent hitmakers in the pop-R&B space. It was time she took it back, and with Ciara, she has. It hits stores July 9, but you can stream it now over at iTunes.
I heard it in the studio with her a few months ago and it blew me away — and I’ll be reviewing it in full next week, so I don’t want to go into too much detail here, but it’s worth reiterating: This is a really great record, maybe Ciara’s best ever. There are R&B slow burners that manage to feel simultaneously experimental and commercial (not only the lead single “Body Party” but the dizzying Future-assisted “Where You Go”) and shimmering summery uptempos (“Livin It Up” is one of my favorite songs of her career, and “Overdose” is a pure pop masterpiece) and there’s no denying that Nicki Minaj‘s verse on “I’m Out” is the freshest thing she’s done in years.I’ve already waxed poetic about how great Ciara‘s new album is —