In Defense of... Kelly Rowland's "Motivation (feat. Lil Wayne)"


I sympathize with Kelly Rowland, I really do. It must suck being constantly overshadowed by your former Destiny's Child groupmate Beyoncé. Really: If Rowland cured cancer tomorrow, the story would probably be buried under another one about Beyoncé's breakfast.

Anyway, Kelly's third album, Here I Am, dropped a few weeks ago. After listening to it, I say it's a bit better than Beyoncé's latest album, 4. Unlike Beyoncé, Kelly doesn't always shout her lyrics out like a diva out to prove something. Even when the tracks fluctuate between R&B and Euro-house, Here I Am sounds more consistent than 4, whose tracks are all over the place.

Basically, what I'm asying is this: If Beyoncé wins an award this year for her album, I'll take the mic Kanye-style and extol the supremacy of Rowland's album.

Her album's single, "Motivation," is a female-fronted counterpart to the smooth, slow-tempo R&B vibe that R. Kelly and Trey Songz usually proffer. The studio mix, with keyboard pads and popcorn notes beside Kelly's varied delivery, sufficiently sets the mood.

And, surprisingly, Weezy's Siamese-cat voice doesn't immediately kill the romance as it did in J. Lo's "I'm Into You." He even gets in some pretty rich lines -- "make you lose yourself / 'n' finder's keepers" and "when I'm done / she hold me like a conversation" -- this time around.

Great stuff all around. Just make sure you don't add a Beyoncé track to the same playlist you put this track on. It might eclipse it.

Curses, Beyoncé!
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Motivation

A good writing skills, l am thankful for the post you made truly helpful... Motivation

Sbm1215
Sbm1215

I love Kely to pieces. But, are you kidding me? '4' is MUCH better than "Here I Am." "Here I Am" is awesome, but '4' boasts the bests vocal performances in a while, and is far superior.

sandi
sandi

I agree but it is the media and great a promotional team that causes these problems. I even think her 2nd album Ms. Kelly was better than Beyonce's too.  But lack of promotion on her part and her labels caused it to be under rated.  She still needs to promote this album and make a hot video's for each song and she will see a change in sales and her status.

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