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Album Review

A brash and tightly knit female quartet, not a soft drink, with the worst name for an R&B group since MoKenStef or maybe even Po' Broke & Lonely?, Electrik Red danced behind several high-profile acts (Usher, Ciara) prior to recording their debut album. Pointedly titled How to Be a Lady, Vol. 1, they knocked it out within the span of two weeks with sovereign songwriting/production team Terius "The-Dream" Nash and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, with Carlos McKinney in place of Stewart on two tracks. While How to Be a Lady could almost pass as a Naomi Allen solo album — she takes the majority of the leads, occasionally sharing them, with a teasing yet frank huskiness not unlike that of Kelis or the offspring of Millie Jackson — the presence of her partners is almost always felt, and together they make like an all-conquering crew of maneaters who do precisely what they want without taking themselves too seriously. This is most bluntly exemplified on "W.F.Y." (as in "we f*ck you), a sleek thump-and-glide in which a mate is compared to a stray dog, among other things: "You was like Flash in the sheets/So fast I had to finish when you leave." There's also the riotous "Kill Bill," the best female R&B revenge fantasy since Brooke Valentine's "I Want You Dead." But the bottom line is that the album has some of the best pop-R&B songs of 2009, like the sweet and elastic "So Good" (owing a deep sonic debt to Prince's "If I Was Your Girlfriend"), "Devotion" (a less innocent rewrite of Ciara's "Promise"), "Drink in My Cup" (a sleazy crunk anthem), and "Bed Rest" (a slow jam as light as lemon meringue, the closest they get to a "Baby-Baby-Baby"). On the surface, Electrik Red might be to the-Dream what the Mary Jane Girls were to Rick James and what Vanity 6 were to Prince, yet a little exposure indicates that the group would not hesitate to dump their principal lyricist in a trunk for stepping out of line — just so they could say they did it — and somehow become more powerful.

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Amazing...Don't Sleep!!

This is their first album but I have to say it doesn't show at all!! Every single song has "single" potential!! Their harmonies and voices ride the beats perfectly! From slow "dirty south" tracks like "Go Shawty" to fast pace aggressive tracks like "Kill Bill" these ladies dominate the track like seasoned veterans! There is no denying that these ladies have what it takes to be the next best phenomenal girl group. They show confidence, independence, attitude, sexiness and vulnerability throughout the whole album. There's a song for everyone on this album! Support these ladies!! World Domination!!!

Electrik Red Domination!!!

Things are finally looking up for the lovers of the girl group. With the losses of TLC, Total, SWV, Danity Kane, and Destiny's Child, Electrik Red breathe life into what once seemed no more. Sure girl groups are a dime a dozen in this day and age, but most lack substance and longevity. Well never no more. Electrik Red gives you all that and more. For a debut album, "How To Be A Lady" is amazing. It passes all expectations anyone could have made. The production is explosive! The lyrics are cunning! The vocals are smooth. The girls have a mission and they are sticking to it. They know what they want, and how to give it to you just like they want you to recieve it. With tracks like "9 To 5", "Bed Rest", and "So Good" you can't help but fall in love with the smooth, silky, and seductive vocals. There is something for everyone. For the club, you have "On Point" and "Drink In My Cup" for empowerment you have "P Is For Power", "Kill Bill", and "W.F.Y". There is also that old school STRAIGHT UP R&B with "Go Shawty". This album is a MUST have for any lover of the girl groups. And not only does it make you want more, but you will surely fall in love.

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female versions of the dream... i've died and gone to heaven.


Formed: 2005 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Upfront, pop-oriented R&B group Electrik Red are based in Los Angeles but involve four vocalists of varying backgrounds: Kyndra "Binkie" Reevey, from Harlem; Lesley Lewis, of West Indian descent, from Brooklyn; British-Canadian and Jamaican Naomi Allen, from Toronto; and fellow Torontonian Sarah Rosete, whose roots are Swedish, Filipino, and Russian. Prior to their jump-start as recording artists (they formed the group in 2005), the women worked together as dancers -- three of them toured with Usher,...
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