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Ciara: 'Basic Instinct' — 2.5 out of 5 stars

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Basically, Ciara’s Basic Instinct is her plea for her listeners to forgive and forget last year’s calamity, Fantasy Ride.

I guess I will – but only with slight reluctance.

When compared to the other divas dominating the music scene as of now – Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, hell, I’ll even throw in Katy Perry – Ciara is missing something. I can’t place my finger on exactly what it is she is missing, and Ciara seems to be struggling to do the same. She has constantly been revamping her style to prove her worth as an artist.

Several of the album’s settings fail to wander from the dance floor. Basic Instinct’s best tracks – the Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow”-esque “Gimme Dat” and the Usher-accompanied “Turn It Up” – both feature Ciara speaking her desires and exercising them on the dance floor. The lyrics don’t go much deeper than that.

Other standouts, such as “Heavy Rotation,” “Ride” and “You Can Get It” all strip the singer from her newfound beat-obsession, bringing her back to the slightly synthesized, yet still sexy, vocals that put her on the map six years ago.

Ciara, let’s not try to be something you’re not. Let’s go back to 2004’s Goodies and we’ll all be good and dandy.

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