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on 17 December 2008
To be honest after a first listen I found myself skipping song after song. But after a second listen and actually listening, I found that she can sing both up-tempo 'fun' and 'dance' tracks as well as the 'sad' and 'emotional' type of songs done previously.
I really like a couple of songs on this album, particularly 'Erotic'. The name makes it sound dirty, but it's actually an amazing song and expresses her sultry voice appropriately. Secondly, the songs 'No Other' and 'Oh-Oh, Yeah-Yeah' are great songs. 'No Other' reminds me of 'Shoulda Let You Go' from the 'Just Like You' album. 'Oh-Oh', Yeah-Yeah' is a great expectant Keyshia Cole type of song and the hook is definately memorable as you'll me humming that well after listening to the song.
When she says in the Intro, '...I would like to introduce a different me', I was like oh crap she's going to sing a bunch of overly crazed dance/pop songs like pretty much everyone else. But I was GREATLY satisfied when I listened to the songs and she kept the CD to her famed R&B style (Thank You Keyshia, that's where the additional .5 star rating came from).
Other catchy songs, I have to mention 'Make Me Over'. Her voice sounds great in this, but it's really not my cup of tea. That whole jazzy, burlesque, back in the day type of feel wasn't what I was expecting but it will surely please those who appreciate that type of music more.
'Please Don't Stop' is another great/catchy dance track, the melody, beat and vocal arrangement on this track is outstanding. The slow songs are amazing, these are probably in place to keep her eternal slow jam fans in tact - e.g. 'Brand New' this song is smooth and mellow, just like I like my slow R&B songs. I do however find her over-singing sometimes, you find yourself turning down the volume occassionally (maybe it's just me).
Those are the stand-out songs on the album for me. I guess the rest will grow on me, that's how most album songs work with me. Other than the fact she chose a terrible 1st single, I think she will do very well with whatver choice she makes for the following single realeases.
Overall, not bad. I am still listening to 'Just Like You' from last year - this was a superb album. I guess I was not quite ready for 'A Different Keyshia'.
No Other (Feat Amina Harris)
Oh-Oh, Yeah-Yeah (Feat Nas)
Please Don't Stop