Release: Talk A Good Game (Album)
Release Date: 17th June 2013
Who said Beyonce was the only one from Destiny’s Child to succeed at going solo?
Kelly Rowland is back with her highly anticipated fourth studio album ‘Talk A Good Game’. The 15-track record follows ‘Here I Am’, which was released back in 2011. Kelly kept her fans more-or-less in the dark, revealing just one track to prepare them for the album. ‘Kisses Down Below’ sets the tone perfectly; sultry and seductive with a laid-back RnB vibe.
Although most of the tracks feature Kelly as a soloist, she’s pulled out all the stops, in the form of her former band members featuring on ‘You Changed’, along with the likes of Pusha T (‘Street Life’), Wiz Khalifa (‘Gone’), Kevin Cossom (‘Talk A Good Game’) and The Dream (‘Sky Walker’).
The album is full of slow RnB jams that don’t change much in pace, making it difficult to pick out favourites, but she regains attention with the odd upbeat number thrown in for good measure. ‘Freak’ features a unique beat and a catchy hook, while ‘Red Wine’ brings an old-school Destiny’s Child flavour. However, ‘Dirty Laundry’ is a completely different league of its own. Controversial at best, it is by far what makes this album great. Exposing her envy of Beyonce, the downsides of the music industry and her abusive relationship, it makes the rest of the album’s subjects feel a bit trivial.
‘Talk A Good Game’ is raw, thoughtful and shows off Kelly’s exceptional vocal and songwriting abilities. A definite must-listen, but a change in pace wouldn’t go amiss!
Reviewer: Sophie Turner