Kelly Rowland - Here I Am
Sounding like a hastily assembled attempt to cash in on X Factor fame
Released in the US in July, Kelly Rowland’s latest album Here I Am has hit the shores of the UK, presumably in a not-in-any-way cynical attempt to cash in on her X Factor fame. Frankly most of it sounds like it has been hastily assembled in about three days, using a computer generated programme of R&B and club beats and whichever Lils and Bigs happened to be available to shout ‘Kelly Rowland’ into a microphone. Pity those people are suffering from such severe memory loss they can’t remember whose album they are listening to from one track to the next.
It opens auspiciously enough with ‘I’m Dat Chick’, a club-beat driven Destiny’s Child-type number about female empowerment, in a world where female empowerment is all about looking ‘fly’ and being able to afford your own jewellery. The rest is made up of those danceable David Guetta tracks and random musings on love and fulfilment for people who spend a lot of time in the VIP sections at clubs. It works best in its clubbier moments so that’s probably quite fitting.