Friday, 31 December 2010

ALBUM REVIEW: Keri Hilson - 'No Boys Allowed'

No Boys Allowed’ is the sophomore album released from Miss Keri Hilson. Executively produced by Polow Da Don and Timbaland, the 12 track LP is the follow up to the singer’s debut effort ‘In a Perfect World.’
Keri speaks from past experiences with this album to inform women, as well as to let the guys know, that it’s time to man up!
In an interview with Perez Hilton, she stated that the title ‘No Boys Allowed basically meant “no bull**** allowed” and that’s exactly what Keri does. Keeping it real and telling it like it is, Keri says a lot of the things that women think but don’t often have the courage to say; just listen to ‘The Way You Love Me.’
Even though the album’s title doesn’t permit boys, Keri has an all male cast of features with J.Cole, KanYe West, Chris Brown, Rick Ross and Nelly each making an appearance to represent the males.
The must listen tracks of the album are ‘Beautiful Mistake,’ ‘One Night Stand,’ on which Keri and Chris Brown’s vocals beautifully compliment each other, and the album’s lead single ‘Breaking Point.’
The controversial ‘The Way You Love Me’ is another hot track. Despite the mixed response it’s received, most likely because of the rather raunchy video for it, the production and energy of the track is one that can’t be knocked.
Overall, Keri’s produced another album of good songs, but that’s about it. Other than ‘The Way You Love Me’ there aren’t any real up tempo bangers that stand out. Vocally, no one can ignore the improvements Keri’s made from ‘In a Perfect World’ but as a whole the album could have had a better collection of her work.
3.5 out of 5 on this one.

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