Ciara's New Sounds
Ciara Harris hearts the '80s, and it shows on the 21-year-old singer's sophomore album, "Ciara: The Evolution," due this week via LaFace/Zomba Label Group.Ciara Harris hearts the '80s, and it shows on the 21-year-old singer's sophomore album, "Ciara: The Evolution," due this week via LaFace/Zomba Label Group. With its body-rocking dance jams, the disc looks to revive the decade of leg warmers and Jeri-curl 'dos, not unlike successful efforts by Fergie and Gwen Stefani.
"There was a certain way a record used to groove back in the day. I wanted to go back to what I really loved growing up," says Harris, who co-produced the album. "With my last album [2005's "Goodies"], I was going with the flow, but here I was able to start from scratch. It started with me just having a clear vision of where I wanted to go."
First, that meant drawing from fellow danceaholics like Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson and TLC. Second, Harris wanted to get more personal. "I challenged myself to think deeper and open up more to my fans, because I've been a very private person," she says.
Excluding the single "Promise" and a handful of ballads, including the Pharrell-helmed "I'm Just Me," "Evolution" is filled with bass-heavy tracks, some of which Harris previewed on a 25-city U.S. tour. Producers include Rodney Jerkins ("Make It Last Forever"), Lil Jon ("That's Right," "C.R.U.S.H."), will.i.am ("Get In, Fit In") and Bryan-Michael Cox ("So Hard").