Ciara keeps it simple without shirking from complexity by harnessing as its subject matter the most simple yet nuanced thing we humans do: Body Party 04. Overdose 11.
Where You Go Feat. My point in referencing these albums is that, in captivating by refusing to be relatable, they defy the logic of popular music itself.
Body Party Remix Feat. Read My Lips 06.
Super Turnt Up Feat. More about: Somehow, though, the track is saved by its own arbitrariness: Nicki Minaj 02. Future 07. Sophomore 03.
Ciara is not that kind of pop album. Being one of the biggest-budget, mostly highly-anticipated albums of 2013, one can treat Ciara as both a precise barometer for culture and as an imperfect hallucination of it. Ciara 08. On its first half, this anything-goes strategy pays off: Ciara - Epic. Yes, it is market-driven and often full of artifice, but it has always been inextricably linked to the subcultures that defy and evade it.
Pop music, not in the loose sense, but in the major label-backed, manufactured, and profit-driven Top 40 pop sense, has the potential to be really weird.