Sean Kingston
Sean Kingston


1.5
very poor

Review

by John weathered old reviewer Hanson EMERITUS
July 28th, 2007 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's pretty much just an excuse to sell some t-shirts.

"Beautiful Girls" is really a misleading song. It seems to imply that maybe Sean Kingston was going to have producers that might do something interesting; combine R&B, in the vein of Sean Paul, with bubblegum doo wop. The song is, in a word, the perfect guilty pleasure. Thing is, everything else on Sean Kingston's debut album is pretty much...uh...***.

You don't expect much out of an R&B album these days when the artist in question had an army of merchandise available a month before his album had even leaked, so I really wasn't expecting that much. But the single that led to all of this madness ("Beautiful Girls") was probably my favorite single of the summer. Thus, my expectations for some massively awesome fusion between Sean Paul, 50's pop bands and a fat Nelly were shattered with one listen to Sean Kingston.

Notice the two quick references to Sean Paul? Yeah thats because Sean pretty much sounds like a white kid who wanted to sound Jamaican like his idle, Sean (convoluted!). Kingston has tried to embrace his Jamaican roots supposedly, so despite the fact he was raised in the US he attempts to sing with all the vigor of a Jamaican kid fresh off the street. The result is pretty much what it sounds likes- an American trying to sound like an islander with eh results. It doesn't help they really take the time to touch up the sound of his voice in studio- while it makes for a pleasant sound on "Beautiful Girls" the rest of the album gets annoying and sterile sounding quick.

Canned beats. Thats pretty much what Sean Kingston has going for him on the entire album. While the Phil Collins sampling "There's Nothing" is a pretty interesting song, everything else pretty much could belong to any other wannabe rapper. There's the club bangers, the radio-ready hits, the ballads, and the "remix", but inexplicably missing is a real reason to buy the album! When everything sounds like a homogenized version something Sean Paul or Busta Rhymes (yes Busta) did years ago, and the most interesting part of the album is the fact Kingston samples a dreadfully boring Phil Collins song, its pretty self explanatory where this leads.

Maybe this could be salvaged if Kingston had kept the kind of innocent charm "Beautiful Girls" exudes throughout most of the album, but instead its generally more faux-gangsta frontin' made by the same tired producers (or rather producer- JR Totem produced the entirety of the album) that make the same tired album filler over and over and over. "Me Love" is a decent song and is already getting geared up to be the next single, but even thats too annoying to give Kingston another successful single. Get ready for Sean Kingston to be the big one-hit-wonder of 2007. Sean Kingston is entirely devoid of anything that makes a pop album worth listening to; even the catchy stuff is so wrapped up in the absolute fakeness that its hard to take seriously. Perhaps a better term would be "to take lightly."

The bottom line is just get "Beautiful Girls." Its the jam of the summer, and is a certifiable hit that'll likely be at the top of the list for the 2007 section of Remembering the 00's. Just forget about the album and you'll never have to be bothered with more of the same tiresome trash.



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Fort23
July 28th 2007


2968 Comments


Good enough review to make me not want to buy it. Beautiful Girl is pretty damn good though.This Message Edited On 07.28.07

plane
Emeritus
July 28th 2007


6766 Comments


sexy review but beautiful girls is a really, really bad song. it's so damn catchy, but it's so bad.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 28th 2007


7925 Comments


i liked it better when it was stand by me but iono.

didnt think this kid looked like webster. that's cool.

Yeah thats because Sean pretty much sounds like a white kid who wanted to sound Jamaican like his idle, Sean (convoluted!).

Sean Paul isn't Jamaican and his accent is fake, just FYI.This Message Edited On 07.28.07

SpinLightTwo
July 28th 2007


1045 Comments


Ha cocaine, I was about to mention that there seemed to be similarities between this and "stand by me".This Message Edited On 07.28.07

Tyler
Emeritus
July 28th 2007


7925 Comments


I knew it was a fake accent. Didn't know he wast jamaican though.

He's like Chinese and Portuguese. He was born in Jamaica but definitely raised around Toronto because my mom and step-dad basically used to kick him and his posse out of bars like it was nobody's business. Oddly enough, my step-dad is working a private sean paul party tonight.

mynameischan
Emeritus
July 28th 2007


17946 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

you're too beeaauuuuttiffullll





ok back to no sputnik

xpoc
July 29th 2007


6 Comments


i think sean kingston is a one hit wonder.




We wont hear from him again

Aficionado
July 29th 2007


1027 Comments


That song "beautiful Girls" is so catchy. But it's nothing new, so I'll take a pass. It's not like I would buy this.

Unreal
July 29th 2007


229 Comments


never heard of him, im guessing I dont live near you (on the other side of the world!)

CaptainPhat
July 29th 2007


23 Comments


Idle -> idol?This Message Edited On 07.29.07

TheStarclassicTreatment
July 29th 2007


2910 Comments


Oh god, how much I hate this little creep.

TheStarclassicTreatment
July 29th 2007


2910 Comments


I thought he was. Seriouly. Isn't he?

pulseczar
July 30th 2007


2385 Comments


This guy sounds like T-Pain without the noteworthy catch phrase. And T-Pain isn't much to me without his noteworthy catch phrase.

Aficionado
July 30th 2007


1027 Comments


And better hair. (Which isn't saying much).

cbmartinez
July 30th 2007


2525 Comments


Nigga is only like 17 right? That beautiful girls song rules but I'm not surprised the rest of the album sucks. Good review.

mozartv
July 31st 2007


27 Comments


He'll be in a commercial for Mcdonalds soon........for the benefits.

mozartv
July 31st 2007


27 Comments


Also, the only thing this guy has in his future is diabetes.

TheStarclassicTreatment
July 31st 2007


2910 Comments


Or Diabeetus...

Tyler
Emeritus
July 31st 2007


7925 Comments


Yeah he's like T-pain but with 17 years worth of bad eating habits.

dont forget the rampant alcoholism. (TPain's. I read your thing wrong, this makes no sense).This Message Edited On 07.31.07

TheDMV
July 31st 2007


64 Comments


whoever said T-pain wasn't obese?

I liked the review, I thought this album would have potential. Beautiful Girls is the most overplayed song of the summer.



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