Album Review: Kelly Rowland (Ms. Kelly)

The second woman of Destiny’s Child has now decided that once again is time to suit up and release an album that could possibly gain similar success and celebrity as her counterpart.

Rowland’s first solo release, Simply Deep, surprisingly was well received from critics and fans stateside and worldwide, and also granted her a Grammy with her single “Dilemma” alongside Nelly.

Granted Rowland is gaining some success, it seems that she’s going to be compared to Beyonce. Sharing the limelight with someone that has twice the vocal power and range as yourself seems to be somewhat intimidating and menacing and on “Ms. Kelly” it shows.

Taking a glimpse of the track list, you are immediately hit with the preconception that you’re in the presence of a woman who is going to place her heart on the table about the “love of her life” and then in the next two tracks talk about how this so-called love has done her wrong.

This is the life of Rowland and now the public is ready to embrace this poor soul’s heartache.

“Every Thought Is You”, a self explanatory song about how all the thoughts and moments of Rowland’s life is fixated on the idea a man. One of the benefits of Rowland’s voice is that its softness and submissiveness play as a keynote when audiences listen in.

The vocals on “Work” have the reverse effect as the background noise surmounts the delicacy of Rowland’s message of having to work hard to get a piece of destiny. The up-tempo syths and the lightly dusting of percussion taps are cast in the limelight.

Even though Rowland may not be a powerhouse of any sort, when paired up with a more notable and popular singer, she takes her place well in the background and coats a song with that extra voice coming from the corner.

Eve plays as the noted and noble voice of “Like This”, preaching and claiming a new wave of order in how things are run in her areas of life, ranging from love to nightlife.
Strings, bells and whistles give a balance to Rowland’s voice versus drowning her out.

With the presence of Snoop Dogg, an ambience of “Ghetto” has been bestowed into the lifestyle of Rowland as she serenades audiences about how her baby needs Tims’s and slouched jeans to become a desire to her eyes.

“Ms. Kelly” proves potential success, like her former album, but the one thing that audiences may notice is that there might be some difficultly in having a connection with most of the songs.
Rowland rants so much in depth that her songs are too personal and veer into deep segments of her life. Also the highlighted songs on Ms. Kelly are the ones that are accompanied with a fellow artist, which is a display of her dependency for a stronger voice.

If Rowland could strengthen up her chops and find a better in connecting with her fans without over indulging into her own personal experiences, then maybe she could reach a fame that she’s aiming so high for.


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