Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Feeds

Ciara, Jay-Z Lead This Week's New Releases

07/10/2013
.
(Radio.com) Every week, Radio.com's Dan Weiss runs down the week's new full-length music releases, from charting hits to more obscure depths, the underrated and the overrated, from a critical pop fan's perspective.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Ciara – Ciara (Epic): Not a great sign when the princess of Crunk & B has her boyfriend's first initial tattooed on her finger and she starts her fifth album saying she "just went through a breakup." But that's about the only thing here that bodes ill.

Her honorable career from "Goodies" (a great euphemism) to "Like a Boy" (an all-time great, feminist R&B song) sticks to its sex-positive guns for "I'm Out," where Nicki Minaj celebrates her "big, fat ass," and "Body Party," helmed by prince-of-PBR&B Mike Will Made It, where she gives Future what he says he deserves. "Read My Lips" beckons to "bring your appetite" and rhymes "savor it" with "favorite dish," all while removing the grossness from Destiny's Child's "Cater 2 U."

The ebullient "Livin' It Up" celebrates girls "making up their own rules." And best wordplay goes to "Sophomore": "So soft, I got him saying give me more."

Jay-Z – Magna Carta… Holy Grail (Roc Nation): The least interesting man in music today was your favorite rapper yesterday, who admired Coldplay's salable commitment to ambivalence and achieved it on his second career.

What's surprising is its lack of commerciality; having pre-sold to Samsung, there are no hits here even though he leads with Justin Timberlake doing a most ridiculous Adam Levine impersonation over "Where Is the Love?" callback piano.

Fortunately, Jigga never again touches that worst first track, with all pleasantly odd beats from there on out, with sort of a peak on the "Heaven"-"Versus"-Beyonce triptych. The R.E.M., Nirvana and Lady Gaga references are far more glaring than J. Cole's, though, when it comes to pointing out his own inferiority. And when he vows to "f*** up the world," he sounds like Bono promising to "f*** with the mainstream" right before the tour where he couldn't escape from a giant, vehicular lemon. more on this story

Radio.com is an official news provider for antiMusic.com.
Copyright Radio.com/CBS Local - Excerpted here with permission.

Ciara CDs, DVDs and MP3s

Ciara T-shirts and Posters

Ciara CDs, vinyl and rarities

Share this article


...end


advertisement
advertisement

.
News Reports
.

• Day in Rock:
DEA Involved In Prince's Death Investigation- Deftones And Bad Brains Supergroup Stream First Song- Scorpions Recruit Motorhead Star For Tour- Bon Scott- Blink-182 Tour- more

• Day In Pop: Drake Releases 'Views' Album- Keith Urban Releases 'Wasted Time' Music Video- Zedd And Kesha Release 'True Colors' Collaboration- Phil Collins Announce New Reissues- more

• Blink-182 Stream New Song, Announce Album- Led Zeppelin Could Settle Stairway To Heaven Lawsuit For $1- Five Finger Death Punch Fire Back- Prince's Revolution To Reunite- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock


advertisement

.
Rock News Stories
• DEA Involved In Prince's Death Investigation

• Deftones And Bad Brains Supergroup Stream First Song

• Scorpions Recruit Motorhead Star For U.S. Tour

• Blink-182, A Day To Remember, All Time Low, All American Rejects Tour

• AC/DC's Bon Scott Hometown Statue To Be Unveiled This Week

• Iron Maiden Will Try To Prevent Future Censorship

• Black Stone Cherry Sorry For Motorhead Drug Claim

• Dee Snider Performs AC/DC Classic At Ultimate Jam Night

• Morley Crue Not Going To Disappear Despite Retirement

• David Lee Roth Shares Van Halen Tour Stories

• Iggy Pop And Josh Homme Rock Kimmel

• Saosin Release 'Control And The Urge To Pray' Video

• Thrice Streaming New Song 'Black Honey'

• New Frank Zappa Reissues Announced

• Less Than Jake Stream 'Suburban Myth' From New Live Release

• Spiritual Beggars Release 'Hard Road' Video

• B.B. King's Band To Play Live Again

• Sebastian Bach Might Do Storytelling Style Book Tour

• Sari Schorr & The Engine Room Announce UK Tour

• Camden Rocks Add 43 Artist To Lineup

• The Delta Saints Announce UK Tour

• Yossi Sassi Band Stream New Song 'The Religion Of Music'

• Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne Announces New Album

• Unlocking The Truth Release 'Take Control' Video

• Singled Out: REPS' Dead In The Water

• Blink-182 Stream New Song, Announce Album

• Led Zeppelin Could Settle Stairway To Heaven Lawsuit For $1

• Five Finger Death Punch Fire Back At Prospect Park

Other Music News Stories
• Drake Releases 'Views' Album

• Keith Urban Releases 'Wasted Time' Music Video

• Zedd And Kesha Release 'True Colors' Collaboration

• Phil Collins Announce Two New Reissues

• Imagine Dragon Streaming New Song 'Not Today'

• Authorized Whitney Houston Documentary Coming

• 'Coach Snoop' Series Preview Released

• Paul Simon Streams New Song 'Cool Papa Bell'

• Dolly Parton's Homecoming Parade to Stream Online

• Calvin Harris Announces New Single Featuring Rihanna

• DJ Khaled And Chance the Rapper Tease Collaboration

• Trace Adkins And Kris Kristofferson Star In New Movie 'Traded'

• Selena Gomez Joins Shareacoke Campaign

• Amy Grant Teams With Tori Kelly For 'Baby Baby' Remake

• Neil Young Announces New Album 'Earth'

• Beyonce Tributes Prince At 'Formation' Tour Opener

• Lineup Expanded

• Prince's Paisley Park To Be Become a Museum

• Imagine Dragons Preview New Song 'Not Today'

• Drake's 'Views From the 6' Title Explained

• Kid Rock's Call To 911 Released

• Beyonce and Mariah Carey Collaborating On 'Something Special'?

• B.o.B Streaming New Song 'Roll Up' Featuring Marko Penn

• Kesha In The Recording Studio With Zedd

• D'Angelo Tributes Prince With 'Sometimes It Snows In April' Cover

• Beyonce's Father Denies Ever Hitting Her

• Singled Out: Eric Taylor Escudero

• Kid Rock 'Beyond Devastated' After Fatal Accident

Reviews
• All Recent Reviews and Interviews

• The Rides - Pierced Arrow

• Psychedelic Shack: Black Rainbows- Deadsmoke- Duel- Holy Grove

• Roots of Creation - Livin Free

• On The Record: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Live - Volume 1

• Classics: Prince's Purple Rain

• The Blues: New Blues Revolution, Golden State - Lone Star Blues Revue, Peter Karp

• Lita Ford - Time Capsule

• The Blues: Jeff Healey - Heal My Soul

• Rock Reads: Little Gray Bastards- The Incessant Alien Presence

• Guns N' Roses Month: Chinese Democracy

• Iron Maiden Live In Chicago

• Grey Heaven Fall - Black Wisdom

• The Blues: Keb' Mo' - Keb' Mo' Live: That Hot Pink Blues Album

• Guns N' Roses Month: Use Your Illusion I and II

• Passport: Lakou Mizik - Wa Di Yo

• Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers - The Dirty Gospel

• Road Trip: Treefort Music Fest 2016

• Shooter Jennings - Countach (for Giorgio)

• Psychedelic Shack: Uther Pendragon's San Francisco Earthquake

• Tumbler - You Said

• The Infamous Stringdusters - Ladies & Gentlemen

• Fall Out Boy: The Kids Are Alright (Live In Chicago)

• Peter Frampton - Acoustic Classics

• 5 Star: Judas Priest - Battle Cry

• A Taste O' the Green: Northern Ireland's Unique Food and Drinks

• Rock Reads: Forty Years Of The Allman Brothers Band

• The Keith Emerson Trio

• Road Trip: The True/False Film Fest

• Sir Ivan - I Am Peaceman

• Pete Scobell Band - Walkin a Wire

• The Blues: Bob Margolin- Supersonic Blues Machine- Sam Butler

• Celtic Thunder - Legacy Volume One

Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2016 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.