What talent in Cassie warranted a record deal from anyone?
The Bad Boy Records R&B singer has no stage presence, and makes for a terrible dancer. To make matters even worse, her entire look and sound was the trademark of the late Aaliyah, who would make an ass of this girl if she caught her down the street. You think I’m making this up? Take the CD jacket from the CD case and unfold it to get a poster of Cassie. Then, get a picture of the deceased singer and tell me Cassie wasn’t set up to be a near clone of her.
Near is about as much as Producers Diddy and Ryan Leslie can do, because she will never be able to match Aaliyah's talent.
“Me & U”, the “hit” single from Cassie's self-titled album, has an elementary school melody made worse by the overlapping of her voice in the chorus. “Long Way 2 Go” has a too quiet melody and could be mistaken for a track you listen to when you are trying to go to sleep. “About Time” goes elementary school again with the melody and would easily be mistaken as a song placed in an urban station rather than Radio Disney. You would think things would pick up with “Kiss Me” (a take on Destiny’s Child’s “T-Shirt”), but she even manages to make THAT song sound “quiet.”
As she fumbles through the R&B genre with the first cut, “Call U Out,” she breaks away from that to slap in a bit of gangster as she attempts to woof someone. Personally, I think this song would be a better idea as a duet/battle between Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff. Either way, Miss Cassie is better in the land of bland R&B, which she jumps back to with “Just One Nite”, “Not With You,” and “Ditto” (which could be mistaken for “Sometimes” by Britney Spears).
Aaliyah fans might jig a little bit to “What Do U Want,” which is a half-assed attempt by Diddy and Leslie at making a “More Than A Woman” remake. While there was a funkier touch to her voice, it still couldn’t get as sultry as Aaliyah. Sadly, Aaliyah herself can’t show Cassie who the real deal is, and who is the phoney.
I tried to be fair with this album, but when I pictured and felt Aaliyah in the songs on Cassie’s album, I became offended. Even down to the trademark “hair down one eye” pose she gave in the CD jacket poster, the package she presented was definitely a steal from Aaliyah.
Hey, it's no big deal to me if she does that, but at least steal the talent – don’t Mickey Mouse it.