Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
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Jose O. Calderon | South Florida | 06/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sean Kingston has a unique sound on this CD. Almost all of the songs are good. It is upbeat but not too wild. I really enjoy this CD."
PrinceNikodeem | 06/17/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I gave this album a chance because I was hoping for some reggae/dancehall inspired pop along the lines of Rihanna's first album, or perhaps something even stronger, like the seamless blendings of hip hop, dancehall, and r&b that once blessed the airways thanks to the likes of Shinehead, Born Jamericans, Mad Lion, Diana King, Shaggy, the Bush Babies, et al. Instead, I felt as if I'd been slipped a counterfeit twenty.
Everything on this CD comes across as fake. The "artist", Kisean Anderson, AKA "Sean Kingston" has a weak voice and sings with the help of pitch correction technology. It appears that in the new millenium, this abominable act, which once would've gotten you booed into oblivion for not being able to sing, is so acceptable that some scrubs have even made it into their gimmick and built their careers upon it. Sean here is apparently one more limited vocalist who has resorted to building his house upon this quicksand quagmire.
Additionally, instead of sticking to the syrupy pop which has brought him his greatest success (a la "Beautiful Girls" and "Me Love") this little softy has the nerve to come across with unbelievable tough guy lyrics on several tracks, attempting to paint himself as some sort of a rudeboy. His act is about as convincing as the Pilsbury Dough Boy and Steve Urkel trying to tell you they used to set up road blocks and jack people in Rema and shoot it out with the Shower Posse in Tivoli Garden.
It comes across as so put on and overdone that it's insulting to the listener's intelligence. Sean Kingston is a gorgon? He runs with a tough crew and has instant respect from the Dons of Kingston? Really? No, not really. In fact, he makes Ali G look like Zekes Phipps by comparison.
Remember that kid you used to know who was a punk in the old neighborhood, but then moved out to the suburbs and because of his former address was able to convice the folks who grew up on Britney Spears and N'Sync that he was an edgy tough guy? Well, when he lapses into his "gangsta" routine, Sean Kingston reminds you of nothing so much as this guy. You want to bully him a little and make him squirt a few just to remind him (and show the other kids in gym class) that just because this clown has rented Shottas a few times, it doesn't make him a hard-a**.
Bottom line, if the kid had pipes, then maybe his phony gangsta act could be overlooked. Unfortunately, he doesn't. It's a lose-lose situation, and as a result, this album is a major disappointment."