MUSIC IN REVIEW

29 Dec

This week special feature:

Album Review: Last Train to Paris

by Quintin Xavier Roper

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Guess what? The Diddy Bop is back and this time he brought two skinny chicks with him.  The highly anticipated, over-advertised, Last Train to Paris finally dropped and to my surprise, it is absolutely fantastic.  It pains me to admit that, considering the number of Danity Kane posters I still have in my bedroom…….

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The ambition-delirious Sean Puffy Combs enlists the talents of top notch producers (and writers) to release, what I believe to be, one of the most original albums of 2010.  First, the concept of the group alone is pure magic.  Although I wish that Diddy had opted to go with a younger singer/rapper instead of himself, it still somehow works as a legitimate unit.  Dawn Richard and Kalenna Harper are without a doubt the saving grace of this album, aside from their confusing hair styles, they can do no wrong.  They work like anchors to keep Diddy leveled from track to track.  There are moments when you will feel Diddy getting extremely enthusiastic (similar to Kanye’s style) but before you have the urge to yell “Puffy, sit down!” Dawn and Kalenna come in to balance everything out.

Categorized as Electro Hop, I love the style of this album.  It is gutsy and unapologetic about its weird beats and funky transitions.  A few things that irked me initially were the title of the tracks, Diddy’s need to say the F word for no reason, and the large number of people (including Justin Timberlake) making appearances on this debut.  Sometimes the party got just a little too crowded (remember the Whisper Song Remix, anyone?) and there were times where I just didn’t know who was singing what.  But overall, for a first album with much hype (and the strangest social media campaign since the BP oil spill) this is a five star event.  I have no regrets about the purchase.

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Now, if we could get a Danity Kane reunion on the next train to Paris, we will be all good!

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