From the Vault | Amerie: Touch

Better than Dangerously In Love

[Originally posted on Amazon.com, June 6, 2005]

When I first heard “1 Thing,” the high-pitched vocals made me cringe a little, yet the rhythm, music, and go-go beat reminded me of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” However, after a few more listens to this album, it grew on me. There are only two songs I skip, “Like It Used to Be” and “Just Like Me.” I’m no music expert, but Touch is a much better album than Dangerously in Love. Because Amerie works with mainly one producer, the sound of the CD is more cohesive without all the songs sounding the same. She has a good mixture of slow and up-tempo songs, unlike Dangerously, which gets bogged down with ballads. I love ballads, but in good measure. The one drawback of Touch is that most of the songs lack an immediately identifiable chorus like “All I Need” and “Falling”–kind of like the bridge and chorus meld together–or the chorus is repetitive to the point of exhaustion (“1 Thing,” “Talkin’ About,” “Come With Me,” “Rolling Down My Face”).

But overall this is a good album. Amerie has a pleasingly gritty soprano voice that is a mixture between Beyonce and Mary J. Blige, but she combines the two to create her own unique sound.

My favorites:
1) “Not the Only One”
2) “Come With Me”
3) “Rolling Down My Face”
4) “Falling”

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