Review Roundup: Keri Hilson – ‘In a Perfect World…’

In a Perfect World...

After 12 years in the making, Keri Hilson’s debut album In a Perfect World… finally arrives in stores and on iTunes today. How does it fare with the critics? Find out below.

Entertainment Weekly: [Keri Hilson] gracefully emerges from behind the scenes with In a Perfect World…, a seductive debut CD full of slick, radio-friendly cuts. B+

The New York Times: The excellent “Slow Dance” sounds like a mid-1980s Prince ballad, sparkly and psychedelic, and the album’s high point, “Alienated,” is an alluring cloud-covered plea to an ex in which Ms. Hilson alternates between singing and a sort of whispered rap.

Los Angeles Times: Compared with Keyshia Cole’s and Trina’s typically fiery turns in “Get Your Money Up,” Hilson comes off like somebody Polow hired as an in-studio chaperon. She fares much better in the handful of cameo-free cuts, such as “Make Love.” 2 out of 4

Newsday: The Ciara-like ballad “Make Love” seems to go on forever, especially following the similarly too-long, too-drawn-out “Slow Dance.” Hilson clearly has a lot of potential, as she showed with her breakthrough with Timbaland. But aside from a few well-crafted moments, In a Perfect World… doesn’t come close to fulfilling it. B-

Rap-Up’s Favorite Tracks: “Turnin’ Me On,” “Get Your Money Up,” “Knock You Down,” “Make Love”



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16 Comments

  1. nia

    i just got the album it is amazing. keri is definitely doing her thing. i just hope everyone else does their part to help keri sell cuz this shit is hot

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  2. mia

    The Album is AMAZING…

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  3. uh

    i preordered the album, but it was leaked time ago, and it’s WONDERFUL.. so if you’ve got a chance and some money.. you’ll love this album, it’s full of great songs

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  4. Matt

    The album is great but I heard it all months ago. The constant leaks from this album are going to hurt the final sales numbers.

    I’m ready for the next Hilson album already!

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  5. brett

    MISS KERI BABY! great R&B album. key tracks. Knock You Down, Slow Dance, Turnin Me On. I feel she is sorta like the-dream has been putting in work for a while and finally it is just starting to pay off, i hope her album does well.

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  6. wameezy

    Thats how its going to be for keri hilson cause you see how the Dream broke out into the scene from being a songwriter, Ne-yo did it, now its keri’s turn. She will have a very long and promising career ahead of her.

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  7. James

    I don’t think this album is gonna sale really good. The only way how if it comes across pop audiences. I think the album is good even though i heard it a while ago. Im going to say its gonna sell from 100,000-150,000 first week due to major leaks. I’m not doubting, hating, or putting no one down but its the truth.

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  8. Stuyridah

    IN A PERFECT WORLD… IN STORES AND ONLINE TODAY

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  9. crunkpoet

    yea i dont think its going to sale much but i have faith in her if everyone goes out and buys in this first week!!! so go cop the disc even if u already have it leaked and what not…u wont be disappointed

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  10. Drake

    got it and im NOT dissapointed

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  11. REM

    Perfect! loved every song

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  12. wameezy

    I will say the album will sell 175,000 copies first week because the promotion has been very good if knock you down goes number 1 on billboard she has nothing to worry about.

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  13. Giselle

    I love the album, out of all the songs its only one song that I don’t like. Its definitely worth it.

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  14. DJ Triumph

    really good album.

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  15. Yan

    The album is amazing. I think the album is gonna be ok. In the first week, 80-90,000.
    i’m ready for the next album!

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  16. jk

    kerri fackin hilson is the bomb! she rockin rules!!

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