Ciara’s much-anticipated third album, Fantasy Ride, has the title that says it all. A fantasy ride is an imaginative journey or adventure in which one explores multiple different scenarios. Her album, much like the title, takes you to a place that can hardly be described as real. With intricate, although mostly similar beats, Ciara climbed through tunnels to master a soulful pop album with a high mass of dance club songs. We can very much thank her crew of producers and collaborating artists, including Ne-Yo, Palow Da Don, Dr. Luke, Justin Timberlake, Ludacris, The-Dream, etc., etc., etc.
Before releasing Fantasy Ride, Ciara released two of her bigger songs from the album. The R&B and badass “Never Ever” featuring Young Jeezy was first to come with its tough love lyrics and unforgettable hook. Not to mention her wickedly tantalizing dance moves in her video. If ya’ll haven’t seen it then I suggest you YouTube it right now; it’s sexy enough to make the men drool and the ladies jealous enough to try to mimic her hip twists, body rolls and fist throws.
Then came “LoveSexMagic” with Justin Timberlake. Enough is said with the title and guest appearance, because JT is talented beyond words, and to collaborate his beats with Ciara, the princess of R&B/pop? Strong. Matchless possibly. I have to admit, I was absolutely against this song when it first came out. It just seemed too 80s/Janet Jackson for my taste, but it’s one that grows on ya. Being the second released single off the album, “LoveSexMagic” sets up Ciara fans for a mouthful of what Fantasy Ride has to offer.
“Turntables” features the infamous Chris Brown in the fast-pumping heartbeat, Ciara longing for the deejay to go home with her. I imagine this music video to be staged like Usher’s “Love In This Club” with the dance club as its prime location. Of course, “Turntables” may be lacking the heat that Usher brings to his video, but nevertheless Ciara brings the sexiness in “Like A Surgeon.”
The badass Ciara is showcased in “G is for Girl,” an alphabet song with each letter revealing a smack to those who don’t realize how gangsta she really is. Goodbye, nice girl…welcome back, bewitching villain.
Fantasy Ride fittingly illustrated a talent Ciara has, and that is letting everybody know she is still in the game. Hell, did she ever even leave? She may have popped out for a split minute, but I’m pretty sure with her fan base she’ll be striking some other artists right out of the game this year.
Posted by Mike Denslow at Jun 02, 2009 11:19 PM