"Maybe I'm foolishly overreacting" - Danity Kane, Ride for You
With 89 track plays last week according to last.fm (which sadly is probably inaccurate and a little low), it is safe to say that Danity Kane's self-titled album has taken over my ears. Don't get it twisted. It isn't anywhere close to the pop masterpiece that was last year's The Emancipation of Mimi and it probably won't even be the most significant pop album this year (or this season or even this moment for that matter) as Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds hits stores in just a few weeks and everything else on that release besides that hot mess known as "SexyBack" is hot fire and interesting and weird like a JT record should be, but it's good. Danity Kane is well-produced, well performed pop confection and I'm constantly humming the melodies and singing the lyrics and turning back to those songs whenever my mind wanders.
DK, despite the manufactured roots of the group, comes across as more accessible than the Pussycat Dolls; more honest in their performances than Nelly Furtado; not nearly as boring as I find Rihanna. The girls are fun and genuine. Most of the tracks smartly lean on the vocal chops of Aundrea and D.Woods (and Aubrey to varying degrees of success). They rely heavily on tight production and their Bad Boy pedigree and, while there are some clunkers, the album works pretty well from start to finish.
While I play "Show Stopper" pretty much every time I start the engine in my car ("We in the car. We drive slow..."), the most important track on the album and the one that will truly be their breakout hit is "Ride For You." That's a future thinking track -- a broken hearted ballad riding a crazy groove with the strongest vocal performances of the entire album. It pulls away all the makeup and slinky outfits and Diddy Sauce and shows the group's soul. Heart-felt and real, I want to be on the verge of a break-up just so I can sing that shit to somebody outside their window. "I'm keeping my promise to you..."
She survives pretty unscathed on the album cover but what is up with this alternate cover shoot shot where they've obviously Photoshopped her midsection to be 3 times longer than it really is? Her torso is floating well above her legs, which we all know are wonderfully stumpy. We've seen her on TV.
And what are they doing to her face in these other shots? That one up top has her looking like some kind of faerie-demon spawn and these other solo promo shots (which, you know, go find those because D.Woods is killing me with her abs in her pic) have her looking nutty.
Why y'all gotta do Christina Aguilera's Mini-Me like that?"
Last week I also consumed:
- Snakes on a Plane
- The Future of Food
- Forever Changes
- Under Construction, Pt. II
- Under the Influence of Giants
- Mystery Train
- A.M. and P.M. Yoga for Beginners
- In Her Shoes
Update: Slightly edited because Vibe Confidential did a bang up job copy-editing this post when they referenced it today. Every blog should have a good copy editor.