What we thought:
If there’s one thing I have to give Ciara props for, it is her determination to put out new music and to stay relevant in an industry that can be very fleeting.
And while she has consistently been producing work it lacks the staying power.
Her personal life has gone through some changes as she’s become a mother and her very public break-up with rapper Future has been tabloid fodder.
The first single, "I Bet", gave some insight into her heartache, "Right now, it’s killing me, cause now I have to find someone else. When all I wanted was you".
It sets the tone for what fans can expect from the album. But sadly, that is one of the few genuine moments Ciara lets us in on.
The album Jackie was dedicated and named after her mother, but there is nothing personal about it. Ciara follows her standard recipe of dance hits and seductive songs.
There is no cohesiveness and it rather sounds like a bunch of singles just thrown together. There is no flow: she goes from the club, to the bedroom, throws in a base filled female anthem with, "One Woman Army" and ends with a somewhat out of place, "I Got You" dedicated to her son, Future Jnr.
For someone who has been in the industry for so long you would think that by now she would have figured out what kind of artist she wants to be, but instead she keeps dipping her toes into the water and trying whatever works.
It does not show any growth as an artist or as a person. I really wish Ciara had used this opportunity to let listeners in.
It’s the type of album that will eventually collect dust on your CD rack.
"Only One" - Another one of those rare moments that Ciara shows a bit of her heartache, "Why do I, do I still want you. After all of the things you do. I know you won't be committed to me. Tell me why I choose to stay".
Dance Like We’re Making Love – It sounds like a bad knock off of her hit ‘Body Party.’
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