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GOOD, BAD AND JUST PLAIN BLAND!
on 28 April 2003
Christina Milian's first album is an extremely mixed debut, and she seems to be one of those annoying artists who just releases the good singles mostly! Aaaagh! So, if you're considering buying this, I would exercise extreme caution - it's not all r'n'b rockers...
Singles 'AM to PM' and 'When You Look At Me' are absolutely fantastic, and the two that helped Christina break into the mainstream. However, the track before these two, 'Get Away', features the omnipresent Ja Rule. He ruins the song 'Get Away' with his dire rapping on it. Otherwise, 'Get Away' would have been a great track. It just lingers in the many mediocre ones on the album.
Christina has a habit of having bad artists appear on this album to ruin her songs. 'Spending Time' is ruined by Charli Baltimore, and 'A Girl Like Me' is put in the bad section thanks to Jermaine Dupri.
Christina also moves into balladry on her eponymous debut. 'It Hurts When...' and 'Until I Get Over You' are definitely the best of the ballads. Christina, by no means, has a voice like Whitney, Mariah or that other famous Christina, but these ballads are well-suited to her voice, and she conveys the heartache through her voice well. Her ballads are much like Mya's on 'Fear Of Flying'.
The best two songs on the album are down and out r'n'b songs. 'Twitch' is fantastic, about catching a cheater out, and reminds me of something that the late Aaliyah would do. 'You Make Me Laugh' is about a so-called friend who has been spreading malicious gossip around, and if you're ever down, this will pick you up. These tracks are great.
Of the others, well, they linger in the realms of mediocrity once again, and they are all found after 'Until I Get Over You', on the back end of the track. Luckily, there are only four of them. Of those four, 'Satisfaction Guaranteed' and 'Your Last Call' just about make the mark. 'Got To Have You' and 'Thank You' don't. Bland, bland, bland!
Overall, Miss Milian's debut is a very varied bag indeed. Some songs are absolutely fantastic and you'll have them on repeat for half an hour! Others are just not too good. Sometimes just through blandness, others are Christina trying to do hardcore r'n'b but failing, like with 'A Girl Like Me'. So, don't say you haven't been warned if you don't get what you wanted, but if you get it, I hope you like it.