Review Roundup: Kelly Rowland – ‘Here I Am’

Here I Am

Kelly Rowland forges her own path with her third solo album Here I Am, hitting stores today. The Destiny’s Child diva calls upon hitmakers Rico Love, Tricky Stewart, Jim Jonsin, Rodney Jerkins, and RedOne, as well as Big Sean (“Lay It on Me”) and Lil Wayne (“Motivation”) for the collection of R&B-dance tracks. Did Kelly sing her way into the good graces of her critics? Find out below.

Entertainment Weekly: Her third solo album, Here I Am, proves that Ms. Rowland is doing just fine on her own, thank you; it’s a solid if unambitious set of medium-hot finger snappers highlighted by the lusciously slinky top 20 hit “Motivation” and the robo-groove of “I’m Dat Chick,” on which she brags, “Yeah, I be the one that they love to mention.” If she learns to take a few more risks, that may just end up being true. B

USA Today: As it turns out, Here I Am is something both safer and cannier than that. Capitalizing on her successful collaboration with producer/DJ David Guetta—with whom she teamed two years ago on the international dance hit “When Love Takes Over”—Rowland emphasizes electro-savvy grooves and sleekly sensual production over introspection or chutzpah. 2.5/4

The New York Times: But Here I Am is something much more confident and more surprising. It’s a chewy and moody R&B album on which Ms. Rowland sounds assured and vital. Or, at minimum, is made to sound that way.

Los Angeles Times: She does herself no favors by choosing consistently bland material, and her third album does nothing to dispel the sense that Rowland should be more selective. There’s a deflated, defensive quality to Here I Am, starting with the lead track, “I’m Dat Chick.” 1/4

The Washington Post: Her third solo album, the perfectly likable, club-centric R&B outing Here I Am, won’t convince anyone that Rowland has a personality, but luckily for her, she no longer needs one: Call it the Attack of the Rihanna Clones, but these days killer beats and a flat affect trump all. Rowland, free of the need to actually be interesting, makes the most of it.

The Boston Globe: Since Rowland is trying to define her singularity here, it probably would have been wiser to move away from a rote ballad like “Keep It Between Us” and some diagramed arrangements that feature hot MCs like Big Sean or Lil Playy putting punctuations on lyrics. They sound like new iterations of the formula set out for many other female pop and R&B artists.

San Francisco Chronicle: It’s no surprise to find that her third solo album is an unremarkable, pedestrian pastiche of current R&B radio, jumping from unconvincing self-affirmation anthems (“I’m Dat Chick”) to hopelessly submissive hip-hop cuts (“Lay It on Me”). The material exhibits none of the depth or silky sheen of her former outfit or its breakout leader, but instead settles for something a little more crass that not even the outstanding “Motivation,” the hit collaboration with Lil Wayne, can repair. 1/4

Rap-Up’s Favorite Tracks: “I’m Dat Chick,” “Work It Man,” “Motivation,” “Feelin’ Me Right Now”



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127 Comments

  1. Trina

    Wow What Horrible Reviews

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    Rihannastann! Reply:

    @Trina, Yikes! Some how Rihanna’s name manages to make it in her review..like come on..anyway good luck Kelly!

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    yo Reply:

    @Trina, they even go after her PERSONALLY not just in regards to the music. brutal.

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  2. Brionna

    Wow horrible reviews

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    Mario Reply:

    @Brionna, I love this album. We forget that a “review” is often one person’s “opinion” that gets press. Here I Am is clearly Kelly’s best album to date. We all are entitled to our opinions. I stopped reading reviews a long time ago because half the time, the reviews are aweful and sales are great or vice versa. Sometimes people expect too much…every album is not going to give u chills or give you an epiphany. Sometimes you just want to groove dammit!…and this album gives u just that.

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  3. @CoreyCyoBrown

    As a music lover and industry watcher/lol I am happy for Ms. Kells. Not exactly ground breaking material but knowing what she has gone through, and where she’s coming from, this is an awesome way to reintroduce herself as a solo artist in the U.S. Entertainment Weekly said it well..”If she learns to take a few more risks, that may just end up being true.” I hope this gives her the confidence needed to be a super star in the future. Nice!

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  4. lady gaga 23

    I’m sorry but 4 gets raving reviews and its a such a snooze fest this album clearly is amazing I wouldn’t be suprised if tey were payed to say that but to give it a 1 is ridiculous any1 with ears would know that

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    Jay Reply:

    @lady gaga 23, Don’t start that. If you love Kelly than stop bringing her into comparison with Beyoncé there both great artist but they have different sounds. Oh & 4 review’s weren’t really great & under-sold it but it is an amazing album.

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    Phoenix_Wright Reply:

    @Jay, I co-sign with you, the comparisons really have to stop.

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @lady gaga 23, These albums are CLEARLY not in thee same vicinity . You’re deterring Kelly with thee Beyonce comparisons . Her reviews are HER reviews .

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  5. Jay

    Yeah these reviews aren’t good but for some reason some of the better songs she recorded didn’t make the cut like Grown Woman & Rose Coloured Glasses which are head and shoulders above I’m Dat Chick & what I heard from the previews. I shall reserve full judgement till I hear it.

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  6. not me

    A 1? Are you kidding me? These ppl have no taste at all

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  7. game

    wow allb these reviewers are just haters….have not heard the album but only motivation it deserve more they are angry that bey is be outshined by kelly…bey is still the queen though but kelly is having her shine even though it might not last

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    The game is wack Reply:

    @game,

    Kelly outshined by Beyonce LMAO when kelly’s album has sold only 215 copies on itunes today.
    She’s expected to sell less that 70,000 on her first weeks sales. Beyonce did 312,000 copies first week. The album is gold already.
    Kelly is just over hyped, the album is terrible and she will fall worse than she was after the hype calms down.

    Kelly’s fans are delusional.

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    diamond Reply:

    @The game is wack, lets be honest, beyonce didn’t sell 312,000 copies. Those numbers are 3 times inflated dear. her record company bought multiple copies and so did her camp.

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    Share Reply:

    @diamond,
    joke, wow, stay pressed, I wonder why they didn’t buy half of what was sent out!

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @diamond, Are you retarded or just slower than the norm ?

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  8. B I G

    Pahahahaha what funny reviews the album is very veeeery goood and in my opinion even better then “4″ and that’s an objective opinion…damnnn they are stupid as hell BOI

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    YUPPITSME Reply:

    @B I G, i agree as well. HERE I AM > 4

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    LO Reply:

    @YUPPITSME, Here I AM < 4. Stop W/ the hatin nobody never said which album is best.

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    YUPPITSME Reply:

    @LO, LMAO! hating on what?? plz lemme kno i like & listen to 4 everyday buh Here I Am is a better album to me thats my opinion & thats how its gonna be like i said HERE I AM > 4 now good day!

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @B I G, We ALL know the truth . These two best friends shouldn’t even be compared . But I think you only support Kelly becuz you’re anti- Beyonce .. You’re not a real fan !

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  9. YUPPITSME

    ohhh bullshit her album is a banger i can listen to every song except commander go support Kelly she worked hard

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    d_double_u Reply:

    @YUPPITSME, commander the urban remix is hot on the album though

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    YUPPITSME Reply:

    @d_double_u, didnt hear it yet imma check it out

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  10. B I G

    JUST RIDICULOUS!!

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  11. Taylor

    Without question, ‘Here I Am’ is Kelly Rowland’s best album and greatest achievement to date (purchased today). One of my all-time favorite songs is “UNITY”, a beautiful ballad that I hope Kelly will promote/perform on her upcoming tour ! (p.s. already Top 10 in Canada). Though a bit older, this song is Gold =)

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  12. LOVE?

    bunch of fools, all teh songs are good, some better than others and her voice is remarkable on all the songs, i’m rooting for you Kelly! people just love to see you fail and its just sad! im coping my copy Thursday!

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  13. Rico

    I think the album is a banger especially played in the car! The problem with mainstream media reviewing RNb albums is that they always compare to Alicia and Beyonce where the comparison is not fair. It is fair to say Kelly as an writing artist is not there yet but this offering pleases any avid RnB/Pop listener. It was not meant to be another “I am…” or Miseducation

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    Amy Reply:

    @Rico, I think you make an excellent point the urban audience knows more about R&B music than the mainstream critics. Most of these mainstream music critics are white folks anyways. They like Beyonce and Alicia Keys but those light skinned women are basically mainstream. Also, Kelly has a strong fanbase in England and Australia and other countries. People outside of the USA KNOW who Kelly is although the American media seem to be so negative towards her.

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  14. r@@@

    WOW!!!!!
    I LIKE THIS ALBUM…..not saying this just because…but I feel like Kelly is giving you more confidence this album…..don’t pay the reviews any mind because those are regular people who make a opinions but listen to the album for yourself…but I liked album but get The deluxe version those songs are THE BOMB ESPECIALLY EACH OTHER!…..But Kelly album inhibition a b+ for this album!

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    r@@@ Reply:

    @r@@@, I meant Kelly album is a b+…..

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  15. shegotit

    Wow just took my first listen to this album…and I am so happy for Kelly…this album is great! Finally, a quality R&B album. These reviews are so off. 1 star? Really? I bet if this album was filled with crappy techno/dance beats these reviews would be a lot different.

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    Lisa Reply:

    @shegotit, I don’t know what album you listened to but it is filled with crappy techno/dance beats. It’s far from real R&B, that’s for sure.

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    Bob Reply:

    @shegotit, SMH you didn’t even take the time to listen to the album it has plenty electropop songs.

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    m.i.k.e. Reply:

    @Bob
    2 songs out of 10 is “plenty” now?! pfff… take a better listen and then go hate

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    Lisa Reply:

    @m.i.k.e., I need for everyone to stop over-using the word “hate(r)”. It’s not a groundbreaking album… That doesn’t mean that you’re not allowed to like it. The critics listen to an album with the intention of rating it, they notice things that we don’t hear.

    I have to agree with these reviews. It doesn’t feel authentic, and it’s nothing new. You’d expect that she’d make a unique piece of art, especially because she titled it “Here I Am”. Well, I don’t see you, Kelly. I see an artist that once again has been taken advantage of by her management/record company (whoever is in charge) to make them money.
    Producing an album full of generic popsongs with absolutely no substance whatsoever.

    That’s what I heard. I love Kelly Rowland, always have, but I’m not a dog.

    The ones who love the album are able to voice their opinion, but the ones who don’t (and for a good reason) aren’t?

    There’s a difference between spreading hate and negativity about someone and having an opinion that you can support with some valid points.

    It’s just sad that I have to write a freaking essay in order to get that message across.

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  16. Bob

    That’s her worst album in my opinion and these reviews are the result of trying to please eveyrbody. Ms Kelly was WAY BETTER.

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  17. Chris J

    lmfaoooo..the deluxe edition leaked to lol..OH WELL KELLY

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  18. cocodior3069

    i think the album is the bomb!!! i think a lot of these reviews seem to always compare her to beyonce which is sssoooo lame. i hope this album does great for her cuse you can feel the passion she poured into it!

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  19. saditty

    Why can’t ya’ll stop bringing ’4′ into this? Ya’ll claim to be Kelly fans but Beyonce still got ya’ll pressed. Wtf does Kelly’s album have to do with her?

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    Chris J Reply:

    @saditty, thank you..

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    BEYONCE4THEKIDS Reply:

    @saditty, THEIR ALL MAD!! FUCK THESE KELLY STANS

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @BEYONCE4THEKIDS, Yess ! A real Bey stan has love for Kelly & vice versa .

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  20. Chris J

    look how kelly stupid ass fans comparin here i am to 4..uh last time i checked they both have different sounds..stop tryna blame beyonce for kelly failure

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  21. Lisa

    And if you want to go there and ask yourself how Beyoncé’s album received such positive feedback, it’s because it has a certain level of quality that Kelly never had.

    Kelly’s music was always very mediocre and though she can hold her own on stage, it’s not “intense” to see her perform.

    The only one to blame for Rowland’s failure is herself and her management.

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  22. antoineJAMAL

    Wow…….first lets address this issue: THIS THREAD IS NOT ABOUT BEYONCE! don’t get me wrng I’m a fan for life, but kelly is a very talented artist. I remember wen her 2nd album dropped and everyone only paid attention to “Like This” and half of that was because Eve hadn’t done a hit song since Moses parted the Red sea, so the attention was split. However her album, in its entirety was very solid and current. But to give her a 1…wow they act like she’s sum chick singing in a subway. I think ppl expected her to be this diva of R&B, but she’s not that type of artist. Truth be told she doesn’t have to prove anything. She’s been there, done that. She could just sit bak and wait for everytime Beyonce opens her throat to sing the “DC Medley ” of hits at her sold out shows, and collect her royalty check haha. Critcs are too cynical to be taken seriously sumtymes! U go Kelly!

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  23. imbad

    Why are people bringing Beyonce into this ?????Some have it and some don’t…..Kelly just isn’t that good…face it she will never be Rihanna!!!!

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  24. Kelly

    I have to agree. The album is very bland. I love Kelly but she isn’t picking the right stuff. The R&B route has been done and it isn’t what is hot right now. If she was smart she would of stuck to stuff like Forever and a Day and Commander and Rose Coloured Glasses because dance really suits her and gives her the personality they are saying she is lacking in her songs. She could really own that genre… especially since David Guetta handed it to her on a silver platter.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Kelly, Except those singles you like FLOPPED that’s why Kelly’s label universal did NOT release her album last year. Rose Coloured Glasses and Forever and a Day BOMBED in the United States. The reason the record company finally released Kelly’s album is because Motivation is doing so well. The focus of Kelly’s record company is SALES. This is a business no company is just going to release an album if they don’t think it will SELL.

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  25. Ice

    1/4? This is atleast 3/4. The only bad tracks are “Commander”, “Down for Whatever” and “I’m Dat Chick” and even they aren’t horrible.

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    SMH Reply:

    @Ice, EXACTLY. i’m picky about my music as it is..but there’s really no bad tracks. I can understand if they won’t rate it 4 stars, but 1 star? come on..i’m sick of these people who probably don’t know real R&B anyway trying to tell us what good music is when most R&B singers these days are pure bubble gum pop

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Ice, Commander is the best track !

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  26. SMH

    This is complete bullshit, the album has a lot of upbeat fun songs. It’s not bland at all. It amazes me that Beyonce can get great reviews but not Kelly when BEy’s recent album is H O R R I B L E. I’m not trying to start comparisons but it’s obvious a lot of these big reviewers will take a certain position they feel is popular, like they’re not gonna trash a Lady Gaga album until they feel Gaga’s popularity has gone down. So in other words, if Gaga were to release a bad album right now they’d give it 5 stars simply bc she’s at her height. They’re giving Kelly bad reviews bc they think that’s what people want to hear since she’s use to playing 2nd fiddle to Beyonce

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    Bob Reply:

    @SMH, IASF and DIL got bad reviews tho, just check metacritic. Not everything is Beyonce fault, she ain’t even critically acclaimed for her albums.

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @SMH, Face it , this shyt is not cutting it . Maybe you haven’t heard “4″ , cuz that album is amazing & diverse . Most songs on Kelly’s album sound thee same . & Bey is DAMN sure not thee reason for this failure because she promoted Kelly this morning ! Don’t be mad at Bey , be mad at Kelly’s team .

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  27. NikkiIsChillin

    I don’t know about these reviews….like someone else said, they seem off. To me ‘Here I Am’ is a solid effort. A good album. Oh well, I’m enjoying it.

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  28. jamie

    EW GAVE IT A B. US TODAY GAVE IT A 3/4 STARS SO I’LL WAIT FOR THE REST OF THE CREDIBLE REVIEWS. BOTTOM LINE IS I GOT MY FIVE ALBUMS AND I LOVE IT!!!!!

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  29. ANGGÉR

    HERE I AM ! You are the best Kelly Rowland

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  30. MusicLoverFirst

    As a Destiny’s Child fan, I have to ask myself why Beyonce was the only one we got to hear most of the time. Part of me feels like Kelly was given just enough of the spotlight to call it a “group.” However, the emergence of first Letoya Luckett, and now Kelly makes me question the real intent behind DC. My point is that those girls could sing (ALL OF THEM), but we only heard one voice, and we have every right to ask why. Just asking that question is not Beyonce-hating.

    All that said, to talk about Kelly and not mention Beyonce is like not acknowledging the pink elephant in the room. I agree that all the women (yes, women, they are no longer GIRLS) in DC were talented, but until recently most people saw the group as “Beyonce-and’em”.

    Liking Kelly does not mean I have to like Beyonce any less, but why do we tend to want to compare women to each other in negative ways, while not doing the same to men. I’m just saying. I see two talented, yet different, black women, and I like them both. Now we know why DC had such great harmonies…because they could sing. GO KELLY! GO BEYONCE!! GO BLACK WOMEN!!! GO, GO, GO, GO!!!!

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @MusicLoverFirst, Everyone should read this statement above ^^^ .

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    Iris Reply:

    @Real Issh, We basically only heard T-Boz for TLC. We basically only heard Coco for SWV. We basically only heard Michael Jackson for the Jackson 5. We basically only heard Justin Timberlake for NSync. Most groups have that 1 lead singer that is front and center that gives the group their identity.

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Iris, Yesssss ! – Everybody should read this statement above also ^^^ .

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  31. RDK

    i hope she do,s well.

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  32. myke757

    She put out 2 previous albums that were leaps and bounds pass her contemporaries now she just wanted to actually grab ppl’s attention and mk songs that will get radio play…it’s not that deep…I bought the regular and the deluxe

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  33. KellzPrevailz

    I thought the album was a banger… Going to buy it on my lunch in an hour.

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  34. Woah

    i think her best album will always be “Simply Deep, this album is just okay…

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  35. Philly

    Wow, I think this album is fire! Downloaded to my iPod this morning and been playing it ever since.

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  36. Diva

    THERE REVIEWS REALLY DON’T MEAN ANYTHING… HER ALBUM IS A REALLY GOOD ALBUM PERIOD. THE ONLY REASON Y THEY R SAYING THIS BCUZ JOSS STONE HAVE AN ALBUM COMING OUT TODAY AS WELL… KELLY WILL BE COMPETEING WITH HER ON THE CHARTS FOR THE #1 SPOT. SHE IS SLAYING RIGHT NOW ON ITUNES… HOLLYWOOD IS FULL OF POLITICS… DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE GUYS… THEY ARE TRYING TO DISCOURAGE PPL FROM GETTING KELLY’S ALBUM…

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  37. K&R

    this album is hot and deserves people attention.
    kelly is a very talented artist, she’s already shown it with DC and her performance on the bet awards was just incredible, the best of that night.
    just waitin 4 a new release with more dance songs, luv her powerful voice
    don’t care about bad critics, its will be your motivation……
    Go girl, bring your material n put it on their faces!!!!!!!!!!!!
    French fan

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  38. muni

    These haters opinions don’t count and they called themselves reviewers fuck them.

    Kelly has the hottest album of 2011 #HereIam is stores and ITunes now do yourself a favor get copies for yourself, family and friends you will not be disappointed!!!

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  39. Oh Please

    Nope…LeToya’s album “Lady Love” was better than this, and I love me some Kelly. But she’s way too safe,

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  40. Victor

    At times you have to go ahead and make opinions to yourself. I have heard this CD about 6 six times it dropped. I love it so much. It is undeniablely her best record. Vocally, sonically and lyrically. “Here I Am” is better than her 1st two records as she steps outside her box and she stomps on each track on this record with a tremendous amount of confidence. Her first single was “Motivation” enough for me to cop that disc! I’m your “commander”! Go purchase this album! Bump these reviews! Her CD is BOMB! Amazing. So many hits on this CD. Let’s make Ms. Kelly move 100k+ and debut @ #1 over Adele, Gaga and Beyonce. She deserves it.

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Victor, Adele , Gaga , & Beyonce ? Come on , Be realistic with yourself . She has had no promo & only one song ! It just doesn’t work that way . Her own stans won’t just let her be great .

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  41. joey

    for those who havent heard the album, dont pay attention to the reviews. i think its a pretty solid album, not bad at all; pretty great. kinda brutal on the reviews, i hope she doesnt take them to heart

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  42. Name here

    the reviews are really harsh the album is not evan half bad

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  43. SHADE

    I thought I was the only one because I was like this album is not safe at all its totally different from anything she has released r&b wise a huge step up for her. and its wrong how they are attacking her personally who are these people and whats their grudge I wont attack beyonces music because I love her music I wont down 4 because I love that album but I will compare here I am with B day , Bday wasnt no ground breaking intellectual album it full of fun songs that you can play in the car or getting ready to hang out. this is kellys B day! in a way because its a fun album nothing is dull about it I want people to name all the bad songs the ones that dont like the album please list the bad bad songs

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    Roness Reply:

    @SHADE, totally agree!!

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  44. LOL

    I got the album anyway so who cares? Plus she’s #3 on itunes so kelly still winning.

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  45. Roness

    It is like she can not win!!! So her dance or poppy stuff isn’t acceptable on America charts, so it hits big overseas…but American critics rave it…But ince she has a hit in America that fits her domestic demographic, it is a hit…but when she makes a full album dedicated to the sound critics thinks it is wack and not groundbreaking?! She is the most diverse artist musically out of the 5 total members of DC…She has been in and out of so many sounds on her albums and now its uninteresting?!…I just hope Kelly wins with this album, so unhappy to see reviews like these.

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  46. bre

    i think it depends on what type of music u like if luv r&b are urban music u gonna like this album if u dont then u wont like the album i reall didnt care for the album but i do like 2 songs i wished kelly would sing and show some range and give some more heartfelt songs it seems like with this album she just did all radio type songs but i hope she does well she did try

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  47. TheMusicalPrincess

    I equally like both Beyonce & Kelly Rowland.

    HOWEVER, let’s be HONEST here. Kelly Rowlands album is BETTER. Yes, I said it. Usually, 80% of the time I agree w/ critics BUT when Beyonces “4″ came out I was personally dissapointed w/ what it had to offer. Beyonce & her team (The Dream, Rico Love, Sean Garrett) tend to talk her album UP too much AND they over hype the material. Beyonce was supposed to take a more Indie-Inspired approach and ended up making a BIG pot of uninspiring music which I personally find BORING (I expected more and she didn’t exceed my predictions).

    Back to KELLY…
    As I said above, I usually agree w/ the critics. However, this time I am 110% in disagreement with them. This time around, Kelly offers a certain confidence that she never per say had on her previous albums. Maybe the material this time around isn’t as cohesive or mature as some of her past material BUT let’s just face it, it’s a mainstream, radio friendly ALBUM that certainly delivers where it’s supposed to. In my opinion, it’s exactly what Kelly needed. It’s like her “Good Girl Gone Bad”, a breakthrough for her. My only complaints are all of the features (Lil Play was not needed) and the extra verse from Big Sean wasn’t needed neither. Plus, she could have definitely made Commander a bonus track instead of actually using it as a official track for her album. However, I think Ms. kelly came hard this time around. She’s no Adele & well, She’s no Beyonce for that matter. BUT what’s most important is the fact that she is HERSELF & I think she is finally showing us who she is hince…”Here I Am”..good LP in my book. :-)

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    Bob Reply:

    @TheMusicalPrincess, Stop it Rico Love and Sean Garett weren’t involved in Beyonce last album, did you even take time to listen to her album ? She never said that she was doing an indie album when she promoted it she is only talking about the fact that it’s RNB. SMH.

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    Ool, uh uh Reply:

    @Bob, TMP is right. When they started whispering about Beyonce’s new album they were saying it was this indie sound (Solange inspired) type album. I’m just confused by her.

    *Waits for Brandy*

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  48. Darius

    Kelly Rowlands album SHITS on the R&B charts right now. I personally found her new album to be quite brilliant, And I don’t normally care for the R&B inspired Kelly Rowland. This album certainly showcases a much Edgier and Confident Kelly that we don’t normally get to see & I’m loving it!

    I love Kelly when she works w/ David Guetta & does her dance music. Yet, that’s what makes me love this ALBUM even more. It’s like when Hayley from Paramore does a Hip Hop song (BOB – Airplanes). It’s unexpected and pure brilliance! When Commander came out, NO urban radio stations played it. No one wanted to hear it, regardless of how popular it was in the UK or even in the clubs. BUT now with this album, she can CONQUER and CONTROL. KUDOS to Kelly. She came back HARD. Hands Down.

    My Rating: 4.1/5

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  49. Kelly rowland from destinys child

    If u like to phuck , be a whore,hooker, call girl, lyrics with no content, songs you would play today and shred tomorrow go for “Here I am”
    If you want to listen to reasonable songs, deep meaningful songs, songs you can relate to, songs you would play 20yrs from now go for “4″.
    As simple as that.

    Kelly is not underrated, she’s not just a greadt artist. Wise ones can tell. Her fans living in denial can’t tell.

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  50. #TeamKelly

    I am SOOOO tired of hearing about BEYONCE. This is a Kelly Rowland THREAD people!

    It seems like EVERY queen on the internet ALWAYS want to throw Beyonce or Rihannas name in something.

    BEYONCE and Kelly are both equally good artists. Period.

    Anyways, this is a nice album. I actually expected less…lol

    My only complaint is how short it is. We waited all this time for a 10 Track album? #JustSaying -_-

    Anyways, GO KELLY!

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  51. #TeamKelly

    STFU @ “Kelly rowland from destinys child”…

    We’re ALL WHORES, we’re all getting fucked by the government aren’t we? Don’t you DARE try to compare Beyonce’s 4 to Kellys Here I am.

    Beyonce can be a slut sometimes too, shes just married thats the difference. Do I need to name songs boo?

    “Party” is a sexual song…
    “Dance For You” is a sexual song…

    SO please tell me again, HOW kelly is a hoe? Girlll byeee..

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @#TeamKelly, Beyonce has 16 tracks & you only named TWO sex songs … What the fuck did Kelly sing about to get recognized ? Getting FUCKED til she can’t feel her legs . Your statement is invalid .

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    lob Reply:

    @#TeamKelly, Both songs are not even that explicit and the rest of the album is almost only about love. I just wonder what is your excuse for the vibe cover ?

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  52. Kelly rowland from destinys child

    You can tell Kelly’s fans are very unsuccessful people in their careers. They would be janitors, maids e.t.c They are tone deaf and have no great business acumen that’s why they love every garbage she puts out. When she fails they blame everybody else for her failure. Who would they blame next week?

    Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, katy perry fans are the managers, supervisors, Team leaders. That’s why they all have good business acumen and have good ears for listening to quality and great music.

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    lool Reply:

    @Kelly rowland from destinys child, Awwwww. It’s cute how you tried to pass all that negativity on a post of a person you don’t like.

    Try success. It’s much more rewarding than spreading all that hatred around. Watch out. Your ugly is showing.

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  53. TheMusicalPrincess

    STFU @ ^^^^ ‘Kelly rowland from destinys child’ ^^^^

    TAKE your old HOLY ass somewhere else w/ that mess. We’re all WHORES, SLUTS in some way or another & how is Kellys album only about SEX? Don’t you dare start the comparisons. Need I name songs that Beyonce has done that have been 100% sexual?

    Kelly ROWLAND is a grown ass woman, her lyrical content can be about have group SEX if she wants it to be. I am so tired of you Beyonce stans. Ugh. Go RUN in New York traffic please!

    :-)

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  54. TheMusicalPrincess

    @ ‘Kelly rowland from destinys child’

    Janitors? Really sweety?

    Come on now! This is the internet. This is a blog. Are you really suggesting that if WE listen to Kelly Rowlands album that our careers are doomed. I am a 25 year old business woman AND I love Kellys album. Ok sue me! KElly speaks the truth on this album and she says what a lot of us woman are afraid to say. We like someone to lay it on us sometimes AND yes we all want a Work It Man. Some of us don’t want to feel our legs AND we want to be somebodies Motivation.

    Just STOP! I think someone is angry.

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  55. @4everlawayne

    Reviews ain’t nothing but other peoples opinion
    Which don’t matter lol
    The album is pure fire!
    #TeamKelly

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  56. jusme

    ALL – the real deal is simply A priori beliefs by these reviewers. A priori is Latin for “from the former” or “from before”. If you read their full reviews they misspell or mistype most of the song titles and lyrics which lets me know they didn’t even listen to it they are commenting based on politics and they review albums to sway the marketplace the way they want it to go. There is so much more to this than the music, it is a business… if they can sway you from buying a certain album then they can push dollars in the direction they want. Don’t be a slave to the media…go out and buy it, listen to the album and support Kelly. I’ve heard it and I guarantee you it is worth the buy. Moreover, let’s show these music business people what we want to hear and not let them chase away the few artists that cannot be bought and who still love making music!!!! It is when we do not stand up with our purchasing voice that their A priori beliefs become TRUTH!!! You choose!

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  57. DJInVincible74

    I think this is a solid album. Granted, I would have preferred a few more uptempo tracks but then R&B radio listeners would have put her on the “taboo” list. I was really hoping “Hangover” and “Forever & A Day” would have made this CD. My favorite tracks are “Commander”, “Motivation”, and “I’m Dat Chic”.

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  58. KingB

    when i heard the “HERE I AM” ALBUM SNIPPET,
    I WAS LIKE… “OH MY! IM GONNA BUY HER ALBUM,ITS HER TIME TO SHINE NOW!!!!!”
    and now,after hearing all the full tracks of this album, i changed my mind.
    im not gonna buy it, this is not an album with a good music!
    KELLY’S “MS.KELLY” is still better!
    Beyonce’s “4″ is better than this!!!!!!!
    =(

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  59. @matt_hamrick

    I like this album. There’s a lot of great songs on it. I’m surprised by some of these reviews. I understand it’s not a groundbreaking album, but I think it was worth my $10.

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  60. look

    I’m amazed at how negative people are. You scrolled all the way down to a kelly post just to show how much hater-medicine you take each morning.

    SMH

    Some Women can be so disgusting sometimes.

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  61. Lebo(CaribbeanBoi)

    DAM GOOD ALBUM !!!

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  62. Nicole

    It’s the Kelly fans that can’t just concentrate on her album. They’re the ones that start off with the comparisons. Keep it focus on Kelly if that’s who you’re really here for. To somebody saying Lady Gaga didn’t get bad reviews for her last album. She got some very bad reviews.

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  63. coy

    I love the effing album!!!! thatisall.

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  64. peez123

    Dang i wish ppls will shut the f*** up u buying it or not if u not oh well ok all i no is that i love my K Rowland and buying her cd and the next ten if it comes to that and she looked good on 106 n park keep it up

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  65. Rolls

    Stop reaching Kelly Stans. I’m a fan of Destiny’s Child. I Support every member every album and single.to say this is kelly’s best album is a lie. To say it’s better than 4 that’s total bull.Here I Am is bland and lacks personality.Waiting 4 years to release an album like this is an NO-NO!! I always thought simply deep was just as good as Dangerously In Love,Miss Kelly just as good as B’Day. However Here I Am is nowhere near good as 4.Vocally,Lyrically,Production wise.There is a reason that beyonce was the star(Not just because of her father).I brought the deluxe edition.However it was only to add to my collection. I’m Dat Chick and keep it between us are the only gems 1.5/4 stars serves it right

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  66. kingkong

    OMG this album is incredible i bought 4 copies. it’s just great from start to finish. let make this album #1.

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  67. Nik

    Damn. Harsh reviews. I love the album, and I’m happy for Kelly. I just want to celebrate her success. It’s not the best album in the world, but Kelly did a damn good job. Period.

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  68. chrischris1992

    i waited up till 12:06 when iTunes updated to purchase the deluxe edition of this album. I truly love this album. It was way over do! Some of these reviews are truly harsh and false. The album is excellent and is worth the purchase. Ignore these haters.

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  69. Lori

    This is a good album and thi reviews are really bad ! I proud of you kelly ! Go hard love yaaaa music :)

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  70. Share

    Wow to compare this album to 4 is pure bull. The content, the production, the melodies, vocals, the mix of genres on 4 is off the hook. I totally agree with the reviews. you guys are in denial. Are yall really serious comparing this album to songs on 4? It makes me think that those commenting do not know good music, and are immature. in other words know nothing about music and quality. good luck kelly stans i hope you have someone to blame this time around!

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  71. andres

    I love te album with my favorite bing commander, motivation and down for watver!! u go kelly!! ;) and yes much better 100 time than 4 ablum by beyonce

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @andres, Why is Beyonce’s album or name even involved in this ? You’re bringing her up becuz you ONLY support Kelly cuz you’re on team anti-Bey .
    News flash – Kelly is Team Bey & Bey is Team Kelly ..

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    look Reply:

    @Real Issh, dig dat.

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  72. Kyle

    Don’t forget everyone, reviews are just ONE person’s opinion. All that matters is that you like it. I bought the album at Target today and love it so far.

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  75. Cassandra

    Album is a good one. The songs will get radio play and she finally made it though. I agree that some of her other tunes should have made the cut on this one…But overall it is solid. When she sheds all the haters her reviews will get better. Dont know what people were expected other than a solid performance.

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  76. chris_shorts

    why are they hatin so heavy , sit down the album is good people can never give credit when credit is due

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  77. Kyle

    I kind of agree with the Washington Post’s review. The music on the album isn’t really anything we haven’t heard before, but it will resonate well with fans of Rihanna, Ciara, Keri Hilson and other R&B chicks who make fun R&B/Dance music. There are many songs on this album that I can see getting played at urban radio which I think Kelly and her team were going for…so it’s a success. I’m just glad she is getting recognition this time around as an established solo artist. I’m still trying to figure out if I like this or “Ms. Kelly” better. That album had more mature R&B songs on it IMO.

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  78. davyd69

    why they can just appreciate the album they waiting about 2 or 3 years for ??

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  80. LOVE?

    she said on the radio today that she can;t miss with this album so i hope she releases another number 1 single to give it a more sales.

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  81. Miguel

    OMFG
    i think the album is good… not a masterpiece but have great songs :S

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  82. peez123

    Loving turn it up rite now HOTTT!!!!

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  83. Ankhwisdom

    I am not impressed. If I had it to do over. I would get the bootleg good thing it was only $10. Motivation is really the only good song. I am going to see if I can sell it to a sucker for $5 and make half of my money back. Jay-Z “big bro” needs to step in and help her find her way

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Ankhwisdom, Lmaooooo ! I’m slayed .

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  84. baby tee

    I love the album I can’t stop playing it. I give it a five. Work man is a hit. We have somany men out there that don’t want to work or even treat a lady with respect. I love u Kelly.

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