Keri Hilson
In A Perfect World...


4.0
excellent

Review

by Terron Moore USER (15 Reviews)
March 19th, 2009 | 14 replies | 4,983 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ATL girl brings new flavor to the female R&B field. Crunktastic!

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Stream: http://www.myspace.com/kerihilson

You may not know Keri Hilson- but you know her music.

Whether it’s been her vocals on Timbaland’s 2007 “The Way I Are” or her penning behind artists like Ciara, Usher, Ludacris, and Britney Spears tracking back to 2001, Hilson has always been behind the music scene, and because of several failed single launches, her debut album has been two years overdue. But no more- Hilson is finally hitting stores, and the samplers from In A Perfect World have been two critically-acclaimed hip-hop/R&B singles of last and this year: “Energy”, a ticking ballad about love in the process of being lost, and the crunk-tastical chart-topper “Turnin’ Me On”, featuring Lil’ Wayne, on which Keri brings femme fatale-filled sass over a beat that comes off as a spacey Atlanta playground.

That’s precisely where Hilson was born and raised, and if you can’t feel that influence on a large part of Perfect World’s 14 tracks, most heavily produced by popular hip-hop big heads Timbaland, Danja, and Polow Da Don, she’s sure to remind you. Most noticeable, Keri goes hardest on “Get Your Money Up”, a fast-paced Keyshia Cole and Trina collaboration that claps and vibrates almost seizure-like, but in a good way. “I wanna see something better than the MARTA bus,” she warns the boys, meaning you’ve got to afford more than local Atlanta transportation if you want a shot with her.

And there’s more goods where that came from, as Keri’s debut is part hip-hop swag, part R&B diva, and part pop queen- but all enjoyable. There’s the quitely oozing “Intro” where she tells you exactly what it takes to get her loose (Hennessey and Apple Juice, fyi). “How Does It Feel” is a mid-tempo thud of a track under Keri’s warnings (“Better keep it real with yourself / Before you end up by yourself…”) “Return The Favor”, on the other hand, is an example of her musical diversity: it sparkles with electronic pop as she experiments in dirty talk with Timbaland (“I’ll be a bad girl, punish me,”).

There's even more collaborations here: Kanye and Ne-Yo contribute to the neat and radio-friendly "Knock You Down", but "Change Me" seems off at times with all the screaming; at others, there's just too much going on, and Keri and Akon don't match each other at all. But she can slow it down nicely: “Intuition” churns with an Arabian vibe, “Make Love” is slow, sweet baby making music, and “Slow Dance” is even better sex: the beat sensually explodes under Keri’s moaning falsetto.

Overall, In A Perfect World, though overdue, boasts a late arrival of a multi-talent who is finally getting her due while giving you your money’s worth. Perfect? No, but a very solid debut.



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Ahrimanic Trance
March 19th 2009



62 Comments


i heard this girl when she featured on an Xzibit song and though she was meh.

Good review, i see that you are getting some of the mainstream r&B reviewed, which is good, we need more of that.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2009



15727 Comments


The Way I Are is NOT from 05

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NewYorkZoo
March 19th 2009



95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fixed it

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2009



15727 Comments


i thought i had completely lost sense of time for a second

NewYorkZoo
March 20th 2009



95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha no, i made the mistake

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 20th 2009



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

didn't like this.

check out janelle monae... awesome neo-soul from atl.

ruby red
March 20th 2009



18 Comments


i hated her single didn't bother to listen her album.
she's pretty tho. lol

BSX
March 27th 2009



1633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Ruby Red, are you talking about Keri or Janelle?

. . .In A Perfect World this would've gotten a 5. . .

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Gyllenhaalic
May 31st 2009



26 Comments


By far more likeable than other R&B records lately...

foreverendeared
July 27th 2009



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i like it

Mendross
August 11th 2009



368 Comments


kanye's part in knock you down is good

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AtavanHalen
August 11th 2009



17927 Comments


FUCK Knock Me Down is so good

foreverendeared
August 13th 2009



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah it's basically been on repeat on my ipod for a couple weeks now

thatoneguy726
March 28th 2011



1630 Comments


Donte hayt mii cuz iym biutafuhl



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