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  • Summary: The long-delayed debut album for Keri Hilson features Timbaland, Lil Wayne, Keyshia Cole, Ne-Yo, T-Pain, Akon, Lil Jon, and Trina as guest artists.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. A seductive debut CD full of slick, radio-friendly cuts.
  2. On her album debut, the 26-year-old singer/songwriter lays her vocal and writing skills over boom-bap productions for a set that is delightfully flirtatious, heartfelt and full of diva antics.
  3. The slower tracks don't match up to their opposites, or even the bittersweet midtempo cut 'Alienated,' but they're not enough of a snag to prevent the album from being one of 2009's most replayable R&B releases.
  4. 60
    Ultimately, Hilson’s debut is simply okay, not quite the sum of its parts. She has the right juice. Now it’s just a matter of how to keep it flowing.
  5. At her best she's thrilling and her hits with Timbaland, 'The Way I Are' and 'Scream,' still cackle brilliantly, but at 70 minutes there's too much flab and the ballads drag horribly. [Jul 2009, p.124]
  6. All that star power can leave little room in these futuristic R&B songs for Hilson, whose sturdy but unremarkable voice rarely transcends its role as a melody-delivery device.
  7. 50
    Her fresh attitude eventually gets lost in a slew of downtrodden ballads that sink the album's second half. In other words, business as usual.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Nov 27, 2010
    10
    This is my favorite contemporary R&B album. This is R&B mixed with other genres. There's R&B with Hip-Hop (Turnin' me on), there's R&B with Pop (Return the favor) and more. Hilson's voice is great (listen to Make Love), and she chosen the right featurings and placed them perfectly. The album is original, there isn't knock-off's on it. Expand
  2. Nov 17, 2010
    6
    While she has the right juices, it's just a matter of keeping them flowing, there's no doubt that there's talent here, it's just not decided whether it's the singing or songwriting. She'll need a stronger collection of songs if she wants to secure her place in the pop/R&B music scene along with such contemporaries as Rihanna, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga. Expand
  3. Apr 10, 2013
    5
    I purchased this record recently because I liked most of the singles released from the album. Knock You Down, Return the Favor, or Energy are great tracks on their own but the album as a whole disappointed me to the extent that I found myself skipping through the songs one by one as I could not listen to them from start to finish. As I said the singles from the album are great but the rest is unfortunately not worth the money. Expand

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