Sunday, September 27, 2015

Tina Novak: Been Around The World [JP Retail] (BMG, Japan, 2002)

Timbaland had Kiley Dean, P.Diddy had Dream...while it was all the rage among top hip hop producers in the early 2000s to have a token pop act, Kevin 'She'kspere' Briggs - the man behind infectious urban-crossover anthems such as DC's Bug-A-Boo and TLC's No Scrubs - simply failed to impress anyone with this chick. Shelved in the U.S. after only one single, she was the first (and last) act signed to his Spere Records label between 2001-2002. Her voice bared more than a nod to his former frequent collaborator Kandi Burruss but unfortunately she did not have the same charisma. Styled to appeal to fans of Jennifer Lopez, she somehow ended up sounding more like Mandy Moore. I don't know who Briggs' inspiration was but without his partnership with Kandi Burruss it seems he simply ran out of momentum. Mostly bland, forgettable pop with a slight R&B edge, I can't blame Reid for sleeping on this album.  

Been Around The World 4:10
Shoulda Coulda Woulda 3:33
Uh Oh 3:15
Summertime 4:16
Magic 3:33
Salacious 3:33
Still 4:05
Not With Me 3:20
That's What I'm Talkin' About 3:53
Can't Deal Without Your Love 2:36
Can't Get Enough 3:26
Change 4:05
Let's Go 3:53
Been Around The World (Remix) 3:54