Review Summary: It could have been a winner, but lack of confidence and a huge delay on the release had everyone expecting a much more layered and deeper album, what we're left with is an incomplete album what should have been so much more on paper.
Four years is a long time to release a record, two years recording, one year partying and being pregnant and the last year finishing the record off, the hype surrounding ‘Sex Dreams & Denim Jeans’ was at an astounding rate for the music community, expecting something phenomenal to tackle the whole “Ke$ha stole Uffie” situation and reclaim her thrown on the top of the disco rap scene, it seemed like some kids would almost die to get a glimpse of the album early, she had listening partys back in March to get people even more excited, strangely getting ‘positive’ feedback for the album, then again if you saw who went, it wouldn’t surprise you.
I’ll be honest, I was extrememly excited for this album, the phenomenen that was ‘MC’s Can Kiss’ hyped my bedroom and player for months on end, it was classic old skool rap mixed in with some sick beats thanks to Mr. Ozio. It all seemed to be one of the biggest albums of the year for me, so what went wrong?
It all seemed to crack in highly over-rated ‘Pop The Glock’ a song she’s released twice and make that a 3rd for it being on her album. We have ‘Art Of Uff’ the first new song we hear from her produced by Dj Feadz, the chemistry that worked in ‘Pop The Glock’ and ‘Ready To Uff’ seemed to have vanished.
My friend Lily also excited for the album with me, she was over the moon when she heard it, not at all disappointed, yet with my first listen I felt 7/8th’s of the album was incomplete, rushed and just didn’t work at all, ‘ADD SUV’ one of those songs that puts Uffie on the top again was and still is a belter, the third song on the album you hope it will (from here) get better after two disappointing tracks, but it seems It’s too soon to say because you move straight back in to the ever so weak ‘Give It Away’ a song that sounds like it was mixed for a Lo-Fi sound and performed with a Fischer Price keyboard, what has happened?
Uffie can sing when she wants to, thats a good thing, for in song’s like ‘Illusion Of Love’ it shows that she is perfectly capable of making brilliant songs with the right producers at her side, a slow mix of soft synths and brilliant vocals by her proving she can change her sound at any given moment with confidence behind her, I think that is the whole problem with the album, “Confidence” I say, that goes for the best songs on the album, full of confidence and glowing amongst others by miles.
Listen to ‘MC’s Can Kiss’ she contradicts herself, tells the haters to their ears that she doesn’t care, she’s just here to make music and have a good time, nothing more, the confidence she has is unbearable and you have to love it from start to finish.
Covering ‘Hong Kong Garden’ whoever thought of that was simply a moron from the start, same with ‘Sex Dreams & Denim Dreams’ sampling The Velvet Underground’s ‘Rock & Roll’ was just a bad idea.
‘Neuneu’ shows another one of her simply brilliant moments to shine behind the microphone, again with the Old Skool beats, but who’s complaining? This is what she should stick to, just making a full Old Skool album, it would be much greater than this record by 1000x.
Personally, i was bitterly disappointed, it started to grow on me, but it reached it’s peak and I can’t like it much more, maybe if the album was just ‘Neuneu’, ‘MC’s Can Kiss’, ‘Illusion of Love’ and ‘ADD SUV’ i would buy this album in a total heartbeat, but for having some atrocious songs that don’t work and lacking self confidence in her music it goes off the deep end, I just hope buy the year 2014 she produces an album to put this to shame and leave it all behind.
Now, where has my Ke$ha cd got to…