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KERI HILSON: In A Perfect World...

 

After enduring the dreaded push back, Keri Hilson has finally released her solo debut In A Perfect World.

It’s safe to say that after working with the likes of Timbaland, Ludacris and Omarion there was a certain expectation there. After all, she’s no spring chicken to the industry…..But was it worth the wait?

Keri starts off with the banger “Turning Me On” featuring hot boy Lil Wayne. Blessed by Polow Da Don, the nicety track is simply infectious with her swagger. Other standouts include “Alienated” and the midtempo ballad "Energy" which was actually the first world single. It was released as a digital download on May 27, 2008. It charted at number 78 on the Billboard Top 100, number 21 and 72 on R&B 100 and Pop 100 respectively. The single performed best in New Zealand where it charted at number 2 but failed to significantly chart elsewhere.

Unfortunately, the rest of the album is pretty lukewarm – a temperature that is surprising given Keri’s penning success. It’s no secret – partly because Keri isn’t shy about suggesting that fans “check the credits.” She has written for the likes of Britney Spears, Ciara and even co-wrote Usher’s “Love in the Club"Pt. II" remix.

Too bad that goodwill didn't help tracks like the over-synthesized current single “Knock You Down” featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo. Even more unfortunate is the loss of “Get Your Money Up.” Despite cameos from Keyshia Cole and Trina this song simply sounds like déjà vu.

While In A Perfect World isn’t a lost project, Keri the artist seems to lack the fire that Keri the writer has delivered. The good news is she has the all the right ingredients to turn a mediocre start to a budding career - a fresh swagger, strong chops and writing success.  Now that she’s actually out of the gate, lets hope for the best.



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