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KERI HILSON || No Boys Allowed

Keri Hilson
No Boys Allowed
Label: Mosley/Universal/Zone 4
Grade: 3 out of 5 meatballs
Released on: December 21, 2010
Reviewed By: Neil Miller, Jr.

After a mostly-decent debut album, Keri Hilson returns to the fold after a year and a half of stepping out of the limelight. We came to love this talent through Timbaland’s debut album (she features most prominently on the singles ‘The Way I Are’ and ‘Scream’). She’s been doing her own thing and the results on her new record, No Boys Allowed, are spectacular . . . most of the time.

It goes without saying that there aren’t too many R&B, Soul, or even Pop records being made that can be considered sheer perfection. So you’d be slow to expect too much of a release such as this. One thing’s for sure, though – with Timbaland executive producing behind the board, you can expect a well produced record at the least and one that has some mild staying power at best (that is if you can survive the oversaturation of his tracks everywhere you turn). Tracks like ‘Breaking Point’ and ‘Beautiful Mistake’ are some of the finest cuts of genuine R&B out there right now. One undeniable standout on the record is the single ‘The Way You Love Me’. Pair up some serious bass to rattle your trunk, some tweaked out synth stabs, and Hilson’s bad bitch attitude, and you have one of the club bangers of the year.

Like most R&B sirens, every album slows it down just as much as it turns up the bass. So it should come as no surprise that a guest spot from Chris Brown (‘One Night Stand’) coupled with a John Legend penned track (‘All The Boys’) yield some “smoother” moments on the record. Shockingly enough, ‘One Night Stand’ is one of the highlights of the album as well. Chris Brown’s being a total twat aside, the dude can croon and neither him nor Hilson hold anything back on this one.

While No Boys Allowed is certainly not a game changer by any definition, it is a nice reminder of how good Pop-influenced R&B could sound from time to time. It’s not watered down by any David Guetta produced tracks and staying faithful to producer and friend Timbaland on this release has produced some great results. My recommendation: borrow this from your “friend” (wink wink, nudge nudge) before you buy it. And by that, I most certainly don’t mean download this illegally from a torrent site before you go spend money on it.

Reader Comments (2)

‘One Night Stand’ is one of the highlights of the album as well. Chris Brown’s being a total twat aside, the dude can croon and neither him nor Hilson hold anything back on this one.

December 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwow

One undeniable standout on the record is the single ‘The Way You Love Me’. Pair up some serious bass to rattle your trunk, some tweaked out synth stabs, and Hilson’s bad bitch attitude, and you have one of the club bangers of the year.

December 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdean

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