First Impressions: Kelly Rowland's 'Commander' Stands At Attention

Thursday, April 29, 2010

As a rooter for the underdog, I've always had a soft marshmallow spot for Kelly Rowland. Maybe because her 2002 track, "Can't Nobody" was one of the best singles to come out that year and yet, nobody listened to it as it went nowhere on the charts. Even though the song was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious amazing. So my disgust at how Miss Rowland was treated back when her debut album, Simply Deep was released pooled into my current feelings every time I hear something from her. She's like Rachel in Glee...I don't wanna root for her, but I can't help it.

I liked Ms. Kelly in 2007, I even immensely liked the collaboration she did with Travis McCoy called, "Daylight" (people totally missed that one too), and hell, I liked "When Love Takes Over" when people twisted their noses up at it. So do I like her newest David Guetta produced pop trot called, "Commander"? Yes and no. I have to say that I love love love love....the chorus. It surges right on in and pinballs around wonderfully, it's very Madonna "Celebration"-esque. Okay, the bridge is great too, but...the verses and the beats are a bit...wimpy washcloth, wet, soggy and messy. Thus, something seems a bit uneven with this song, to me

This will no doubt win over fans in the pop market, and with the right video and right push, it could be a comeback of sorts for Ms. Rowland, but some will be disappointed due to the auto-tune (isn't auto-tune so last century now?) and the fact that this is a beastly little dance song this side of a UK pop singer, not the R&B singer that she once was. But the chorus is what glues the raggedy pieces of the verses together, and that is worth hearing the song. Hear what I mean...

Commander

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