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In a Perfect World... (Bonus Track Version)

Keri Hilson

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In the mold of Janet Jackson and Aaliyah, Keri Hilson is an R&B diva with artistic ambition. Which is to say, she doesn’t just want to make contemporary R&B hits — she wants to change the way contemporary R&B hits are made. Backed by some of the mainstream’s most creative minds (Timbaland, Nate “Danja” Hills, Polow Da Don), In a Perfect World ranks as one of the boldest pop creations of 2009. “Return the Favor,” “Intuition” and “Change Me” are dizzying club tracks, notable for their array of unusual sounds and skittering rhythms. “Turnin’ Me On,” “Get Your Money Up” and “Alienated” initially appear to be determined disco beats, but below the pulse is a panorama of strange textures and polyrhythms that distinguish these songs from others on the radio or in clubs. In between, the simmering sexual tension of “Slow Dance,” “Make Love,” and “Where Did He Go” proves that Hilson can turn up the heat when she feels the need. In a Perfect World shows something much more potent than mere technique: a combination of confidence, daring and high style.

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Strong Debut!!!!

I don't know if either I'm going deaf or if I'm just hearing something different then the other reviewers because this album is one of the strongest debut album I've heard in a long time. This is pure contemporary R&B, so if your expecting a traditional R&B album as you would get with the likes of a Jazmine Sullivan or Alicia Keys you might as well keep it moving. But if you looking for something that is very current and will not only make you want to dance or hell even tap your foot while making you think and really listen to the lyrics then this is the album for you. Being executive produced by both Polow Da Don and Timbaland, of course the production is hot and then with guest appearances from Lil' Wayne, Keyshia Cole, Trina, Ne-Yo, Kanye West and Akon, the album is definitely one of the best of 2009 so far. If there is one negative aspect to this set it would be the song "Change Me" featuring Akon, the song just doesn't fit with the album and Akon's vocals are well... let's just say he proved to me he cannot sing. Overall, this a solid debut that offers something for the clubs and the bedroom. It was well worth the wait, I'd suggest you buy it and see for yourself.

Keri Hilson-In A Perfect World.....

Suffering several push backs due to budgeting, songwriter and singer, Keri Hilson brings us here debut, In A Perfect World.... Turnin’ Me On: Street swaggering club banger from “Ms. Keri baby”, has a great beat from Polow Da Don. Lil’ Wayne’s typical unique and unusual metaphors are amusing, while Keri shows her Atlanta roots with her own diva style. An ode for the “dime divas” to ensure that the men are showing the correct manor to turn them on. 4/5 Set Your Money Up: Ladies anthem that shows how they can party it up and stack money as well. Keyshia Cole delivers a decent performance, a bit toned down than usual, while Trina brings her typical bada** swagger and boasts of Louis Vuitton and trips to Paris. 3/5 Return The Flavor: Worthy pop single that features some solid production on behalf of Timbaland, the call and response lyricism is fairly catchy. Not quite the big single that it was expected to be, but it’s decent. 3.5/5 Knock You Down: Extremely pop single and the perfect introduction for Keri, as far as mainstream. The hook is really catchy, as she croons about love knocking people down and staying strong to overcome these obstacles. Ne-Yo adds more pop presence with a cruise mode styled verse and Kanye comes back to normal form with no autotune and a good rap that incorporates some humor within the metaphors. 4.5/5 Slow Dance: While the track is seductive and a tad sexy, it ultimately falls into dullness. Its a nice track that has nice harmonizing, however the beat and her voice, just make the track a bit too sleepy, despite good vocals. 3/5 Make Love: The track fairs better as a ballad than the previous track and Keri’s vocals are more confident. Moments like this, show the singer having true talent and the track achieves its goal as a light ballad that shines from Hilson’s singing, which is also one of the first tracks on the album to allow her range. 4/5 Intuition: Reminds me a bit of Christina Millian’s “Dip It Low”, not in terms of lyrics, but more production and sound. Hilson sings about her feelings of her man messing up and leaving her single. Lyrically it is relatable to women, nice track here that features Hilson’s talented songwriting. 3.5/5 How Does It Feel: Decent club track that has some anthemic horns and confident vocals, but it just decent. The attitude and horns make the track, but it is just a mediocre effort. 3/5 Alienated: Decent midtempo here that has some buzzing synths and atmospheric vibe to it. Keri sings about needing to get rid of her man because she feels alienated. Decent track with airy vocals. 3/5 Tell Him The Truth: Knocking bass and semi-epic vibe, Keri ponders whether she should tell her man the truth. The track isn’t bad, but it becomes a bit dull. She slightly breaks out with some vocals and feeling towards the end, however it isn’t enough from the overall impact. Falls a bit short of expectations, but it’s passable. 3/5 Change Me: The track has all the soundings of a pop smash, however it can’t get out of mediocrity. Akon’s underwhelming performance is a bit disappointing, as he tries to express some soul, but it ends up sounding like a strained rock singer. The hook isn’t too catchy and the whole track ends up being a stylish mess. While the bridge smoothens things out a bit, the track has too much going on and in it, Keri and Akon can’t save the track. 2.5/5 Energy: A strong single that despite the good production and singing, somehow is lacking something and doesn’t fully capture your ear. Singing of heartbreak and how tiring the effort of a relationship is, Keri laments on this ballad midtempo well. 4/5 Where Did He Go: Decent finisher about Keri wondering where her man went. Calm and light crooning, however its just decent. 3/5 Do It: Good bonus here that has a catchy club style. 3.5/5 Suffering several setbacks, Keri delivers with her debut, as the producer trio of Danja, Timbaland and Polow Da Don helm most of the tracks. The album establishes Hilson’s skill in creating club bangers, as dirty south banger “Turnin’ Me On” with Lil’ Wayne works off unique production and some attitude in her singing. She proceeds with ladies anthem “Get Your Money Up” and the call response pop of “Return The Favor”, before bumping into the extremely catchy “Knock You Down” with a good Kanye verse and solid Ne-Yo verse. From here, the album goes into a much slower pace, some decent tracks and some that shine. While the overly smooth “Slow Dance” becomes a bit too soft, “Make Love” fairs much better and shows Hilson’s vocal talent, allowing her to let it out over pondering balladry twinkles. The ballad midtempo “Energy” is a solid single, but lacks something from being “that hit”, whereas the cluttered, overly busy and disappointing Akon performance of “Change Me” results in the album’s weakest track. Throughout the album, Hilson shows signs of superstar potential, however it is evident that she is still searching for her sound. With several other established divas in the game, she definitely has the talent and looks to join the elite few of Beyonce, Keyshia Cole, Ciara and Rihanna among others. You’d wish that she would let the vocals go more often, but a little misstep is to be expected with a debut. Nonetheless it is a strong pop album with an R&B touch that shows great potential and will satisfy fans that have been waiting. Rating: 8 out of 10

A perfect album!

YES! Ms. Keri has finally released her solo debut album! Ever since I heard "The Way I Are" feat. Timbaland, I couldn't get Keri's angelic voice out of my head, and my first thoughts were "wow she should get her own album!" And she finally has! Keri Hilson is the highest reaching female R&B star since Beyonce, and this album proves how high she can go! Trust me, if you enjoyed any of her singles iTunes has released so far, purchase the entire album with bonus tracks! You will not be disappointed. YES if you agree!

Biography

Born: December 5, 1982 in Decatur, GA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Before she could utilize her talents for her own solo endeavors, R&B singer, vocal arranger, and songwriter Keri Hilson wrote a slew of songs, many of them chart-toppers, for several popular artists in the mid-2000s as part of the five-person production/songwriting team known as the Clutch. The dynamic songwriter was born in Decatur, GA, only a few miles outside of Atlanta. Addicted to TV talent shows like Star Search and Showtime at the Apollo, she was already plotting out her career in music...
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