"What I got, baby, you can't have," Ciara taunts a would-be suitor in a track from her fifth studio album, and that's denial-as-usual for the appealingly aloof R&B singer who zoomed to stardom with the 2004 hit "Goodies."
Yet beyond "Keep on Lookin'" and the swaggering "I'm Out" with
The shift on "Ciara" may also be a reaction to the poor performance of her previous disc, 2010's "Basic Instinct." But Ciara, long one of R&B's most adventurous beat-seekers, isn't suddenly playing it safe. In "DUI" she asks a lover to "put them handcuffs on me," while "Super Turnt Up" includes a rap verse by the singer herself. Content? Sure. Complacent? Not yet.
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