by Ciara


Whether she was dropped, released, or merely shifted away from her deal with LaFace parent Jive, Ciara was displeased with the lack of support given to Fantasy Ride and Basic Instinct. Her self-titled fifth album sees her back with LaFace co-founder L.A. Reid, president of Epic, whose roster added several LaFace artists due to distributor Sony's consolidation of labels. Ciara took plenty of time to develop the album -- long enough for delays, a scrapped lead single ("Sweat"), the release of various non-album cuts, and even a change of title (originally One Woman Army). The result isn't a muddled mess but another lean and focused set, despite the involvement of several writers and producers. A full-length partnership with fellow Atlanta native Mike Will, specialist in woozy and entrancing trunk rattlers, would have been ideal -- if perhaps too obvious -- but they do connect on "Body Party," one of Ciara's most attractive slow jams, as hot as "Promise" and "Speechless." Slinking and slightly predatory or confrontational content courses throughout the album, including the booming "Sophomore" ("So you say that you a bachelor/Well step your game up and get your master's), the winding "Keep on Lookin'" ("Keep on lookin', keep on lookin' with your lookin' ass), and the steamier, more gleaming likes of "Super Turnt Up" and "DUI." Those are the highlights, while the more energetic and/or pop-oriented material -- "Overdose," the Kid 'N Play-quoting "Livin' It Up," the mature and middling Future duet "Where You Go" -- is functional if not as memorable.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2013
Label: Epic
UPC: 0886919710328
catalogNumber: 197103

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ciara   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Josie Aiello   Background Vocals
Soundz   Background Vocals
Livvi Franc   Background Vocals
Theron Thomas   Vocals
Paul "Hot Sauce" Dawson   scratching
Ciara Harris   Background Vocals
Asiah'h Eperson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Kenneth Carter   Composer
Joe Fritz   Engineer
L.A. Reid   Executive Producer
Keith Samuels   Composer
Pat Thrall   Engineer
William Hull   Composer
Rodney Jerkins   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Curtis Reynolds   Composer
Brian Sherrer   Composer
Kuk Harrell   Vocal Producer
Vernon Mungo   Engineer
Ryan Williams   Engineer
Josh Abraham   Composer,Producer
Harvey Mason   Engineer
Dave Ferguson   Composer
Future   Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Oliver Goldstein   Composer
Ciara   Composer,Executive Producer,Art Direction,Vocal Producer
Tommy Lumpkins   Vocal Producer
Ariel Chobaz   Engineer
Ken Sunshine   Publicity
Dernst Emile   Composer,Producer
Jasper Cameron   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation
Brian Cohen   Composer
Dan Tobiason   Engineer
Cameron Wallace   Producer
Soundz   Producer,Vocal Producer
Seth Firkins   Engineer
Andrew Wuepper   Engineer
LaTrice Burnette   Marketing
Chris Llewellyn   Composer
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction
Olivia Waithe   Composer
Oligee   Producer
Diana Gordon   Composer
Rodney Terry   Composer
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan   Engineer
Kenneth Coby   Composer
Onika Maraj   Composer
Keith Parry   Engineer
Rock City   Composer,Producer
Ciara Harris   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Courtney Lowery   Publicity
Carlton Mahone   Composer
Michael L. Williams   Composer
Matt Champlin   Engineer
Ali Tamposi   Composer
Greg Morgan   Sound Design
Rockstars   Producer
Nayvadius Wilburn   Composer
P-Nasty   Producer
Pierre Ramon Slaughter   Composer
Mike WiLL Made It   Producer
Madd Scientist   Engineer
Sean Fenton   Composer
Susan McDonald   Packaging Manager
Co-Captains   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Lauren Ceradini   Publicity
Cam Wallace   Programming
Briele Douglass   Publicity
Walter Carter   Composer

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