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|"Bring It On" Album Review|
|01-10-2010 10:00 | 0 comment(s)|
| Kaci Battaglia's debut album is Bring It On..., but if it feels like it's already been brought. This songstress is prepping to own the title of the new pop princess!
Amidst the cooing and obvious sex appeal that Kaci Battaglia is able to muster, there's a sizable display of vocal talent blended expertly amid the oft-expected dance/pop production that's been the popular rage of the moment. Battaglia has a very impressive list of collaborators on this project, all decidedly siding up next to this bombshell. She's aligned herself with Michael Grant and Arianne Wilson, as well as remixers Michelle R. Lewis and Anthony Fonseca.
And with Britney Spears out of picture, there appears to be a myriad number of artists poised to pull the rug out from under the reigning pop star. Kaci actually has the chops to give Spears a run for her money. Some of the tracks even resonate with similar themes and arrangements, and on some scope tread the edgier territory that few other artists would dare to venture. Kaci goes there on Bring It On.
Her new single "Body Shots" features a lyrical rhyme by hip-hop impresario Ludacris--the song itself has a great beat, but it feels slightly put-upon with it's trite attempt at pimping out the ultra-irresponsible devil-may-care attitude and celebrity that pop artists are so ready to flaunt. Unfortunately, where it can come up as ironic is when delivered by the now deliberately seasoned Lady Gaga, or just a loud drunken stupor by the likes of Ke$ha. Kaci delivers a Lola-espque-type sound that feels a little dirty. Maybe that's what she was after... youth and experimentation can be so opulent!
The kinetic lead track "Bionic-Atomic" is a radio-ready club thumper and should keep Kelly Rowland and David Guetta on their toes. "Crazy Possessive" (Kaci's first single which soared to #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play) sounds very much like Britney Spears "Womanizer"--and even borrows some of that track's bridge "You think I'm crazy/I got your crazy!" to get its message across--or you can look at it from the point of me of the other chick caught in the womanizer's trap. This would definitely be Battaglia's answer to that--accept I'd be more afraid of Kaci's reprisal than of Brit's. Kaci will f*** you up! "PartyAholic" is a stand-out as well.
There are some dubious tracks on the 12 song list that leave you scratching your head; listen to "Captain Save a Ho" or "Go-Go Dancer." The latter is unfortunately too predictable and uninspired, but "Save a Ho" has the potential to inspire the catch phrase of the season... we should all do our part, captain, and save a ho! Even if it's from themselves! The song is cheeky and catchy enough to merit mentioning.
Image is key in our commercially viable culture, and Kaci Battaglia has got market appeal in spades. There's no doubt that Battaglia has skill as a singer and is "pop-sexy-vixen" attractive, but she could be trapped by the limited vision of a production team bent on marketing her as the next something or other. In an era where the pop music artists that have emerged as stand-outs are incomparable to the ones catching up to them on the charts, it would be terribly unfair to saddle Kaci among the Justin Beibers of the minute when she is perhaps more a Rihanna or Katy Perry preparing to be untamed. Kaci Battaglia insists on a little more careful scrutiny--this is an artist to watch.
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