Ciara: "The Evolution"
Producers: various
LaFace/Zomba
Release Date: Dec. 5
With "The Evolution," Ciara aims to take the success of her 2005 debut "Goodies" to a new level musically and creatively. This "evolution" is evident with the slow-burning hit "Promise," which finds the 21-year-old dance queen exploring her sultry side. In addition to appearances by Pharrell, Will.i.am, 50 Cent and Chamillionaire, crunk king Lil Jon, who produced the title track on the debut, returns for two songs-the bass-heavy, dancefloor jam "That's Right" and the somewhat juvenile "C.R.U.S.H." Songs such as the Rodney Jerkins-produced "Make It Last Forever" and "Get Up," produced by Jazze Pha and also featured on the film soundtrack to "Step Up," are surefire club hits, although such ballads as "It's Over" tend to fall flat. Nonetheless, "The Evolution" should one, two-step Ciara even closer to superstardom. --Jill Menze

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