Livin' It Up
With the lingering failure of her last two albums, Ciara works it with renewed energy here. She samples from the Ghost Town DJs classic "My Boo" on "Body Party," drops a quick rap on "Super Turnt Up," then sings in a cadence like Drake on "DUI," while alluding intoxication (of the sexual kind, of course). They're signs of how hard she pushes the futuristic R&B envelope. Whether crooning with Future on "Where You Go," going EDM with Nicki Minaj on "Livin' It Up," or claiming "another level" over the screwed beat of "Keep on Lookin'," she embraces the challenge of continued relevance.