Album review: Brooke Hogan - The redemption

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Initially I wasn't sure what Brooke felt she needed to show redemption for. Her mother is the one f**king a 19 year old. Her brother is the one who got himself a DUI and her Dad is the one making an arse of himself. But after seeing the horrendous album cover and listening to the music of Brooke's second album; redemption is exactly what this trick needs to be asking for.

Brooke is one of many ladies in the music game right now jumping on bandwagons. Electro-pop with only marginal hints of R&B and auto-tune is the lick right now. So cue the album's first full length track "Strip". The song will probably get slated by the critics. But for what it is, the song is hot. Britney would've handled it much better as she has that kind of voice and circus lifestyle and life history which would've suited this song better. Plus vocoded and auto-tuned Britney sounds hot. The elctro-pop bandwagon is hauled to the next level with "Handcuffed", which is a genuinely hot song. The beat bounces nicely. And whilst Brooke's vocals aren't the smoothest, the production is so tight you let her vocal shortcomings slide. A chick like Nelly Furtado would have absolute shut this song down. "Ruff me up" is an unashamed "Womanizer" tax. The whole time I was listening to the song I was sat in disbelief at how a producer could have blatantly ripped off Britney's shit. The song really is a mess, and serves no other purpose than to get Internet folk talking about how Britney's "Womanizer" got downright plagiarized. And Flo'Rida ain't no better, featuring on this shit. Though that's Flo'Rida for you. He'll feature on anything, and cares nothing about his credibility which has already been put through the shredder.

The album slows its role for a handful of the albums cuts which have a much more summer feel with less emphasis on synths, warbles, gurgles and digital pulses. "Hey yo" is knock off of Keri Hilson's "Knock you down". And as with "Knock you down", the song features an guest artists who outshines the leading lady on her own song. Colby O'Donis out sings Brooke every which way. "Trust me" sounds a little like the song "Beautiful transformation" from her debut, only less cheesy and with more of a kick. The beat is hotness. I could imagine a Ragga, Dancehall or Bashment artist taking it and doing something with it to give it more of an 'urban' club appeal. It would have made a really nice single. Album closer "Finish line" is closes the album on a strong note. One of the few Brooke actually hits throughout the whole thing. The song is highly reminiscent of Stargate and Ne-Yo. It's a shame a song so hot song is placed at a point in the album when there's not much which could sway you into liking the album.

Brooke can just about hold a song, but she doesn't have a great voice. The vocal layering, arrangements, vocoding and lashing of auto tune help mask her limitations. And this isn't taking into consideration the busy production. Brooke has a very nasal voice which grates. The production on the album is tight, as it was on her debut. But the lyrics and Brooke's delivery are cringe worthy. Hearing her croak on songs about sex is anything but sexy. Even when auto-tuned beyond death, she sounds anything but smooth and utterly un-sexy. And when Brooke calls out "Haters can you hate may!!" on the album track "Redemption" you just want to turn the song off and throw a slipper at a bitch. Brooke gives haters too much ammunition to really feel sorry for her. Performing arsed out looking like a tranny. Pole dancing in front of her dad. Putting out albums that won't sell and have her not sounding all that good. Haters are the ones giving her attention and keeping her in the spotlight. Girl should be grateful to have them.

If Brooke is really serious about a music career, then she and her A&R need to have some words about her musical direction. Because The redemption is all over the place. It sounds as though nobody knew whether to have the album run in the line of Britney's Blackout, a Pussycat dolls CD or something from a Cheetah girls soundtrack. The redemption could have been MUCH worse than it actually is. And in Brooke's defence the album serves up some decent songs. But the problem that Brooke will face (or will have faced already) is that the songs which are good, people don't want to hear from her. 3 out of 10
Album highlights:
■ Strip
■ Trust me
Handcuffed J's fave
■ Finish line

1 comment:

  1. Brooke just gives haters too much ammunition to really feel sorry for her. Performing arsed out looking like a tranny. Pole dancing in front of her dad. Putting out albums that won't sell and have her not sounding all that good. Haters are the ones giving her attention and keeping her int he spotlight. Girl should be grateful to have them.

    LMAO!!! Shot through the heart!

    I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover (I do work in a bookstore), but that has got to be one of the worst album covers I have ever seen.

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