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Academy award-winning actor and Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter Jamie Foxx -- currently riding high on pop, R&B, and rap charts as Kanye West's guest on his #1 single 'Gold Digger', is ready to take the world by storm with his J records debut Unpredictable. Features guest appearances by Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Pharrell Williams, Ludacris, and Twista. The first single will be the album's title track 'Unpredictable', that features rap phenomenon Ludacris. 2005.
Lest you think Jamie Foxx is simply capitalizing on his Oscar-winning turn in Ray, don't forget that Unpredictable is actually a follow-up (albeit 11 years later) to his 1994 debut, Peep This. In fact, Unpredictable even sounds like a slow jams album from the '90s; despite featuring guests like Snoop, Kanye West, and The Game, Foxx isn't trying to out-club Ciara or Amerie with a series of hip-hop-flavored tracks. Instead, he relies on getting his croon on with tried-and-true R&B balladry. Unpredictable actually gets rather predictable over the course of 15 songs, too many of which begin to meld into one another. But on the best songs, like the sublimely acoustic "Heaven" and his duet with Mary J Blige ("Love Changes"), Foxx reminds you that he has been singing just as long as he's been acting; this is no Jamie-Come-Lately. --Oliver Wang
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Which is why this is such a shock. I threw on this CD over at HMV and was sorely disappointed. All the tracks are EXACTLY the same. Jamie doesn't really sing, so much as rap. And even his rhymes are ridiculous. The beats are so vanilla that Ben and Jerry's wanna take Jamie's ass to court.
Overall it's just incredulously boring. It doesn't even have any semblance of catchiness at all. I would rather put on a Backstreet Boys CD than have to listen to any more of this garbage.
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Many of us on here already know Mr.Foxx(a.k.a Eric Bishop)'s history. He was born in Dallas and raised in small Terrell Tx. He was trained on piano by his very loving Grandmother Estelle Talley and too raised by her and his grandfather. He took a liking to the playing of piano and also began singing and thus birthed the man from all of those ingredients we know as Jamie Foxx. He would later leave his loving Grandmother a short time after the death of his Grandfather to accept a scholarship he received for his piano ability. After attending and excelling in college in San Diego he dropped out after his 3rd yr to begin working on comedy and the rest is....... well you know the cliche. Enter In living colour(after being rejected by Keenan at first he later was accepted after doing the Wanda character). After the shows cancellation he went on to do his own t.v. series and star in a host of films from Any given Sunday to his most applauded performance as Ray in Ray Charles earning him an Academy Award. He dropped in July 95(I recall because I'm a july child a widely ignored album entitled peep this. Which was Jamie's first venture into music(his first love). Although the single infatuation did climb the charts the album subsequently didn't and it would be 10 yrs before Mr. Foxx would release another album..........enter UNPREDICTABLE!
I must say being a Tx person we rally behind our own people emphatically. Being that I'm 10 yrs younger than Mr. Foxx I've basically been as many have able to see him blossom from Wanda to Jamie Foxx superstar. With that being said I have the brotha's first album which isn't all bad(get one or a copy if you can). I can say it helped put a smile on the face of a certain lady I'd been interested in who is an avid Foxx fan.
Well in my opinion Unpredictable his latest and second effort is a very strong and smooth effort. Mr. Foxx transitions through the c.d. with ease due to his very matured voice.
I have to say right off that numbers 14 and 15 the last two tracks are nothing short of beautiful. 14 entitled heaven is most assuredly the song for any man who wants to propose or to let the one woman that has his heart know that it's all hers. 15 is a song that is dedicated to his late Grandmother and is nothing short of heartwarming and beautiful. As he said when receiving his Academy Award "I still talk to my Grandmother in my dreams" and you can tell by the fondness in which the song is written.
The title track with Luda #1 is what grabbed all our attention it's flat out catchy and Foxx's smooth vocals only add to the sensation of the beat.
I did enjoy the tracks with #7Kanye and #13Common although in my opinion the kanye featured track isn't one of the strongest and felt as though it could've been a better one but forulate your own opinion.
I really enjoyed the collaboration of Foxx and M.J.B #6 whose album I also purchased. It's a nice track vaguely reminiscent of Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal or a Peaches and Herb type duet an all over feel good song reminding us how love does change.
Tracks #2,4, and 5 are good and the addition of snoop and game isn't as bad on #4 as would seem. The vulgarity on the album could be worse but thankfully it's tasteful for the target crowd I believe Foxx is trying to reach(perhaps ages 25-35) It is an adult album and does say Explicit Content.
My personal favourites though are #3,8,9,10,11,& 12 but not necessarily in that numerical order. I love the addition of the wordssmith flamethrower Twista on # 3 it's very nice and you can tell Foxx is really trying to inspire the object of his desires to leave her man and go with him.
I don't think I can say enough about #8 except S-E-X and the comedic part of Foxx to throw in $39.99 on dvd was genious to show the extent of his obsession.
Get this money #9 is an ode to the strip club. Although this could have been a raunchy song of flesh showing and whore-mongering Foxx keeps it pretty classy.
VIP #10 is in homage to Foxx's star power and status as he bravely boasts about 10 of the ladies catching his eye and how he may show them the time of their lives. He also name drops some of his celebrity high profile pals(male and female).
#11 Do what it do had me smiling beginning to end because this is ear candy for any woman if you're trying to set the mood. It's sensual and as he says in the likeness of Ray Charles "I'm gone make it do what it do baby" and Foxx pulls it off.
#12 Forecass(storm) is my personal favorite right up there with #14 and 15. It's a beautifully written song I believe definitely worth putting on repeat when it comes to bedroom olympics. A nice slow song you can really get your groove on with and too and it's a nice ingredient witht he voice samples or thunderstorms and forcesasters in the backdrop.
I gave Mr. Foxx a four mostly based slightly vulgarity and I felt as though some of the writing could've have been better. Those though are my only arguments. No mistaking his voice has matured and even more peaked where he was on Peep This. Not comparing him though to his first effot but saying that he has grown. I appreciate as a music fan Mr. Foxx actually went in the studio and gave a serious effort. It was good not to hear the comedic or thespian side on the album but rather have it built solely on one of his many gifts this one being that of voice and sound.
I do hope this review has aided anyone not only on the album but on some of the lesser known things on Mr.Foxx. I already anticipate his next album and look forward to seeing him fo years to come on the big screen.
One luv and GOD BLESS to all who read this.
Nevertheless, the album's title track "Unpredictable" is a good choice for the first single. It's one of the best songs on this album, with a sample-laced beat that is sure to get you to at least snap your fingers. The lyrics aren't all that great, but Jamie makes up for it with his vocals, and the arrangement here is also pretty well done.
However, each time I listen to "Unpredictable", I wish that the song was longer. First, because it's a fun song. Secondly, because it'll at least stall until the album's second track "Warm Bed" comes on which is anything but unpredictable (Sorry for the cliche). "Warm Bed", along with many other tracks on Foxx's album sound very familiar, which is disappointing because you expect so much after listening to "Unpredictable".
As I listened, while reading the liner notes, I began to wonder how it takes three or four people to pen mediocre songs like "Warm Bed" and "Three Letter Word", and then have Jamie, on his own, produce a jewel like "Heaven".
Maybe that is the problem here. Foxx's album seems so overproduced that it comes out very commonplace, and at times boring. Even the album's guests can't save some of these songs, "With You" featuring Snoop Dogg is one these. What is Snoop even doing in this song? It's evident again as you listen to Timberland-produced "Can I Take You Home". The beat is killer, but it sounds so much like a Jodeci song that I have to turn it off. Don't get me wrong, I loved Jodeci, but what I want here and now is Jamie Foxx.
Occasionally you get Jamie Foxx. His song "Heaven" is a smooth and beautiful ballad which he says was written for his daughter. The lyrics, written by Jamie himself (and only Jamie, Thank God), are absolutely mind-blowing. This is the kind of Jamie that you'd hoped for after hearing "Unpredictable".
A few other songs that work for Jamie are "VIP" which has mellow and soulful sound to it, and "Extravaganza" which features Kanye West. It's clear here that Kanye and Jamie really gel in the studio. The sounnds very original and Jamie is vocally at his best, in my opinion. The lyrics are also quite catchy, clever and comical to me... (I had one too many drinks/ and ended at the Embassy/ with this pretty lil thing). It sounds like the perfect storyline for a one-night stand.
Another song that works on Foxx's "Unpredicatable" is "Wish You Were Here", an ode to his grandmother. The song is so genuine that you might actually be moved to tears. Like "Heaven", it is a slow song with personal subject matter, and I think that is when Foxx is at his best.
I hope on his next album Jamie Foxx includes more of the piano and lyrics of his own. I'll take Jamie with a piano solo and a silky smooth ballad over a raunchy Jodeci-esqe song anyday.
Anyhow, "Unpredictable" is a very ballad heavy album, and that's not a bad thing either. This album has a lot of great songs. Unpredictable is definatly a must buy album!
My favorite tracks in order:
Track 10: VIP 10/10 Great beat, great lyrics/vocals...I just love songs with violins in them.
Track 7: Extravaganza 9/10 Catchy song, great lyrics/vocals with a nice rap peice by Mr. West!
Track 1: Unpredictable 9/10 Great first single. Love this song and Ludacriss rap verse adds.
Track 2: Warm Bed 9/10 Another great song, nice dance feel to it. Party jam.
Track 11: Do What It Do 9/10 Great slow jam, love this beat. great vibe and lyrics to match.
1) Unpredictable: To tell the truth at first I thought this was just an average song, but the more I heard it on the radio the more I fell in love with this song and Jamies vocals are actually very nice on this track which are further complimented by Ludacris and his rap verse. Very nice track overall.
2) Warm Bed: Collipark produced this track and this sets the album off real nice, the beat is aggressive but nice and soft at the same time. I love the lyrics and Jamie's voice flows very well and smoothe on this track. Top Notch Song.
3) DJ Play A Love Song: This is another great track, I really like the way the beat changes briefly towards the middle of the track, although Twista has a decent verse on this track he really was not needed. Another hot song on Jamies album though.
4) With You: At first I didnt like this song, the beat turned me off, and to be honest I didnt give it a chance. But when you actually get past the awkward beat of the song then it grows on you, and you will end up loving it. The Game and Snoop Dogg also help to make this track worth listening to.
5) Can I Take You Home: Oh My God I love this song! the beat is so smoothe and Jamie really gets his Don Juan on with this song, the lyrics match the smoothe Timbaland beat very well and this is one of the real standout tracks on this album.
6) Love Changes: Now this is an old school love song right here, Jamie and Mary singing together really reminds me of all the soulful singers like Marvin Gaye and Roberta Flack from back in the day. Mary J Blige's voice however gets irritating on some parts because she is stretching her vocals too hard, but this is still a very nice track with a simple and nice beat.
7) Extravaganza: I hate this song! You would think that after Jamie and Kanye made such good songs like Golddigger and Slow Jamz that this would be one of the best tracks but it is actually the worst in my opinion. The beat is very slow and boring, Jamie Foxx doesnt even sound like himself, Kanyes verse is whack, and to be honest the lyrics to the whole song are pointless and whack as well. Sorry Jamie but you lost it here buddy.
8) Three Letter Word: After listening to the horrible track seven, Three Letter Word is heaven to the ears. I love the song, the beat has a real nice romantic feel to it, this is one song you could really set the mood with. There is only one thing I dont like about this song and that is when Jamie Foxx says in the chorus that "sex is stronger then any drug even love", nothing is stronger then Love Jamie, especially not sex.
9) Get This Money: This is another quiet storm song on Jamies album, I noticed by this point of the album that Jamie is still old school when it comes down to it. The drums in the background are real dynamic on this song, the hook is very catchy, and overall this is another great song on the album.
10) VIP: The first thing that you will notice about this track is the very sensual and 70's vibe that the beat has. I really love this song and it is another of the standout tracks on the album. The chorus really sounds a lot like the singer Tank is adding background vocals and it really works for the song. One of my favorite tracks and the lyrics are fun and creative.
11) Do What It Do: I love how assertive Jamie is on this track, he starts the song out strong and very reminiscent of another freaky singer *cough cough* R. Kelly *cough cough*. I really like the song but overall its not really a standout track, but that doesnt mean its not a good one.
12) Storm: Once again Jamie follows the quiet storm role again, this time he plays the role of your romantic weather man, comparing the moistness of a woman to the rain that pours from the sky, the beat flows well, and the weather sounds in the background really add depth to the song. Lovely track.
13) U Still Got It: I love the way that Jamie sings about a subject besides having sex, partying, and being a player. This time around Jamie is singing to his woman who is pregnant with his baby and she doesnt feel sexy anymore and he croons her the whole song letting her know that she still "has it". Common adds a nice verse to the song, and this is one of the nicer tracks on the album.
14) Heaven: I first heard this song as a live performance when Jamie Foxx was featured on the Oprah show. I loved it then, and I love it even more on this album. Jamie plays the piano beautifully, and overall the subject matter is very sweet, and I am sure that many woman will find it romantic that Jamie is singing a love song to his daughter.
15) Wish You Were Here: Anybody who has ever lost anybody can relate to this song, it will no doubt bring tears to your eyes when you listen to the lyrics about Jamie and his grandmother who passed away years ago. The beat is very dynamic but simple at the same time, the chorus has a real nice feel to it, and the lyrics are beautiful. Jamie really shows his vocal talent on this track and people of all ages can really appreciate this song.
We live in a day and time where anyone can get a record deal, come out with a club song produced by Lil Jon and next thing you know they are a celebrity. But few artists are actually deserving of celebrity status. Jamie Foxx to me has paved the way not only for aspiring black entertainers, but for everyone, I give this album and extra star simply because Jamie has broke the barriers and did not allow himself to be confined to just being one thing, which something that everyone can relate to.
Jamie Foxx is a true celebrity and like I said earlier, Jamie has an amazing voice and he always has, even if you listen to the "Bait" soundtrack and listen to a song called "Bed Springs" you can hear that Jamie Foxx has always been a talented singer. Dont be a fool and think that just because Jamie used to play Sha Nay Nay from "In Living Color" that he cant hold down a serious and enjoyable album, becasue thats exactaly what Mr. Foxx does with "Unpredictable"
1.Unpredictable feat .Ludacris - The official first single with a nice rap from Ludacris.
2.Warm Bed - A mid tempo track with production by Mr. Collapark who shows that he can do more than bass heavy song with this track. I'd like to see what he can do with other R&B artists.
3.DJ Play A Love Song feat. Twista - This is easily one of the best tracks on the CD. This is going to be one of my mix tape favorites and Jamie takes us back to when DJ's like myself actually played slow jams in the club. I can easily see a video being shot for this song.
4.With You feat. The Game & Snoop Dogg - Another winner of track feat. Rap's West Coast kings. I don't really see this being a single though
5.Can I Take U Home - This track is cool it kind of sounds like the remix w/o a rap to Twista's When I Get You Home . The Neptune's offer up some cool production for this track.
6. Love Changes - A remake of the Kashif and Melissa Morgan song. Personally I think Mary was wrong for the song as Mary's and Jamie's voices don't blend well together, but never the less it's still a hot song.
7.Extravaganza feat. Kanye West - The lead single that first gained radio play and mix tape buzz over the summer this track never really impressed me and Kanye's beat was kind of weak.
8.Three Letter Word - Another mix tape favorite and killer slow jam. This is easily one of the better songs on the CD.
9.Get This Money - An up-tempo track
10.VIP - Another mid tempo track
11.Do What It Do - Midtempo track
12.Storm (Forecast)- Jamie takes it back to another pillow talk infused slow jam, where he compares a night of chilling with that special someone to a weather report.
13.U Still Got It (Interlude) feat. Common - Jamie and Kanye reunite after their self titled song off the Any Given Sunday track, pretty much just a standard interlude.
14.Heaven - A slow jam basically talking about the Heaven of being a father to a daughter.
15.Wish U Were Here - Jamie ends the CD on a high note with a tribute to his beloved grandmother.
Jamie Foxx proves he has range and is a capable singer with his sophomore CD. With slow jams on par with his classic slow jams Bedsprings, Light A Candle and Experiment. Jamie gives us on the best R&B CD'S of late 2005