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Music Review: Kelly Rowland – “Commander”

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It has been five years since Beyonce disbanded Destiny’s Child and left Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams in her superstar dust. After releasing two moderately successful solo albums and floundering rudderless on the stormy pop world seas, Kelly Rowland is back and is commanding you to dance. In pop music re-invention is the mother of all invention, and her particular stroke of luck came in 2009 when French superstar producer David Guetta picked her for the worldwide dance smash “When Love Takes Over”. The song topped the charts in over 10 countries and earned Guetta his first Grammy nomination and win.

Not surprisingly Guetta has been drafted to helm “Commander”, the lead single from Kelly’s third solo effort “Kelly Rowland”. DANCE! demands the opening line as the track starts to bump and grind in all the right places. In the video Kelly struts a catwalk in head to toe PVC in some futuristic vogue-off, and the lyrics take you to a club where “champagne is spilling from the wall” (if only!) and Kelly will be partying “till hella late”. But nothing in this track elevates it from your average run-of- the -mill euro disco release. It tries very hard, and Guetta throws in all the elements from the auto-tuned chorus to the banging bass but still it feels very generic. Ibiza has heard it all before, and usually sung by some nameless/faceless German. Rowland has the talent and the pipes. What she needs now are some slamming beats to really get the party started.

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  • Jared

    This arguably one of the worst reviews I’ve heard. Not because of what you’re reviewing but because it seems as if the writer doesn’t understand music and probably has only gained writing experience from a course at the local community college.

  • Jay

    I completely agree with Jared. This review is weak and lacks reasoning, just opinion of someone who doesn’t think the song accomplished its purpose. While the track is not unique, it does seem to work. We’ve all heard repetitive work that dominates the pop world, so to count this track off because of its unoriginality is ridiculous. And yeah, this is just my opinion.