Yet beyond "Keep on Lookin'" and the swaggering "I'm Out" with Nicki Minaj, Ciara mellows her approach here, the result perhaps of her reportedly happy relationship with the singer-rapper Future, who joins Ciara for a pair of beautifully spaced-out slow jams: the acoustic-guitar-laced "Where You Go" and "Body Party," in which she gently issues instructions — "Touch me right there / Rock my body" — over a plush soul groove.
The shift on "Ciara" may also be a reaction to the poor performance of her previous disc, 2010's "Basic Instinct." But Ciara, long one of R&B's most adventurous beat-seekers, isn't suddenly playing it safe. In "DUI" she asks a lover to "put them handcuffs on me," while "Super Turnt Up" includes a rap verse by the singer herself. Content? Sure. Complacent? Not yet.
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