Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Jamie Foxx New Album Best Night Life


Following a Grammy win for "Blame It" off his last album, putting together a decent 'actor album' is no longer enough for Actor-turned-singer Jamie Foxx. Again loaded with famous guest like Soulja Boy, Drake and Rick Ross, Foxx attempts to strike a balance between club-ready jams and sexy ballads. The album turns into a tale of two artists, with Foxx delivering nicely on a few of the uptempo tunes, but clumsily fumbling his way through terrible ballads. 

Drippy love song, "Gorgeous" finds Foxx confessing his willingness to drop money on his beautiful woman with clunky lyrics like, "This must be a match made in heaven / Feels like dice when I roll a seven". The muddled, sloppy "Rejoice" wastes his decent falsetto, while the horribly slow-churning pace of "Sleeping Pill" finds his vocals meandering aimlessly, with no sense of melody or flow. The herky-jerky vocals bouncing around the verses of "15 Minutes" are only half of the ballad's problem, thanks to its repetitive hook. The hollowed-out vibe of "Hit It Like This" and sparse "Living Better Now", leaning on a Notorious B.I.G. sample for its hook, fall flat because of detached, monotone vocals. The best of the non-club fare is easily the sweet, but sluggish, ballad "Fall For Your Type", with a foggy-voiced rap from Drake. 

Title-track, "Best Night Of My Life" finds Foxx playfully hitting on a woman in the club, "Girl, can I be real? / I just wanna feel / On your booty / That's not a big deal". The lighthearted tune is unfortunately sparse, with a snapped beat, piano and some fluttering strings not providing enough meat. The Knight Rider-esque flickering synth and clapped beat of "Freak" fuel the solid booty-shaking bedroom tune, but the auto-tune on horrid beachfront duet "Sex On The Beach" and post-threesome robbery tale "All Said And Done" feels unnecessary and ruins Foxx's vocals, though neither song had much going for it lyrically regardless. The album's best track, brassy "Winner" succeeds largely on the strength of Justin Timberlake's performance and an excellent rap from T.I., saving the song from its unimaginative hook. When the guest appearances are more memorable than the star, things have not gone well.


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