Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Dec 10, 2010
    It's come late, but Basic Instinct is one of the best RnB albums of the year.
  2. 83
    Always a strong singles artist, Ciara has struggled to find enough memorable material to fill an album. She comes closer than ever on her fourth full-length, Basic Instinct.
  3. 80
    Celebrity, commodity, singer, sex object, cyborg - Ciara just about fuses all of them on Basic Instinct, her fourth studio album.
  4. Dec 13, 2010
    It's one of the few effective Euro-flavored club numbers to be fronted by an R&B artist. Altogether, this is one of 2010's finest pop-R&B albums -- Ciara's best yet.
  5. Dec 13, 2010
    Suddenly, the underachieving diva starts to look like real competition for crossover starlets like Rihanna and Leona Lewis.
  6. Dec 13, 2010
    The singer works with hit-makers The-Dream and Tricky Stewart on several tracks; unfortunately, it seems they've saved their best hooks for their next gig.
  7. Jan 7, 2011
    Let's face it, outside of the obvious singles, it's filler town.
  8. Dec 14, 2010
    Basic Instinct offers enough android booty bass action to satisfy those who like their rhythms complicated but repetitive and hooks foreseeable from a mile away, but pleasant enough when they arrive.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Dec 23, 2010
    Congrats Critics, yet another overrated Album. Unless you are a Hoodrat that can easily mistake a fast food place for a 5 star restaurant then this isnt for you. Not 1 song is beyond mediocre & most are just plain bad. Even her counterpart Keri hilson's album is better & atleast she can hold a half way decent note & a cpl good songs. Full Review »
  2. Dec 15, 2010
    I love this album. There aren't many misses on this album, and Ciara played to her strengths. Vocally she's not the strongest, but the songs are catchy and memorable anyways. She is finally sticking to her strengths of being a pop singer in a R&B shell. I particularly love "Speechless", "Yeah I Know", and "Turn It Up." I hope that "Turn It Up" is the next single and that Usher does make an appearance on the video. I think this will cement her place with artists like Rihanna, Beyonce, and Katy Perry. Full Review »
  3. Aug 14, 2013
    I have listened to better R&B artists, but Ciara put herself near the top with "Basic Instinct", and with songs like "Heavy Rotation" and "Turn It Up", how is this at the bottom? Full Review »