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Tyra may be more than a top model

the single guy
by brian wong

Tyra Banks:
“Shake Ya Body”

Contrary to popular belief, this is not Tyra’s singing debut. Let’s not forget that 2000 masterpiece “K.O.B.E.,” by Kobe Bryant FEATURING the one and only Ms. Banks, who shimmied through this brilliant chorus: “K.O.B.E., I think I L.O.V.E. you/I believe you are very fine/If you give me one chance, I promise to love you/And be with you forever more.” A moment of silence, please. OK, now shake ya body! Coinciding with the success of her fashion industry reality show America’s Next Top Model, Banks releases this Rodney Jerkins-produced club track, a typical Jerkins mix of chunky, shake-and-clap beats and tickling synths. Vocally, Banks is just a notch above J-Lo; lyrically, she’s just a notch above Ashanti — it’s all quite thin, but hell, it’s catchy AND FREE! []

Zero 7:

The addition of new vocalist Tina Dico hasn’t changed Zero 7’s brand of soulful, downbeat electronic music; a combination that was successful on the duo’s 2001 sleeper hit Simple Things. Then again, such beautiful mellowness often results in falling asleep. This first single, from the newly-released sophomore disc When It Falls, is warm in all the right places — insulated beats, hearty horns and foggy keyboards melt with Dico’s earthy vocals to create the finest soundtrack for sitting in front of a fireplace eating roasted marshmallows. But this down-home goodness makes me wish for something less warm and more hot — and I hope that after eating these stupid marshmallows, I’ll fall asleep and accidentally slump over into the flames.

“Fuck It
(I Don’t Want You Back)”

In 2004, not only has da funk been brought, but da soul is also back. Nineteen-year-old singer-songwriter Eamon credits both Frankie Lymon and the Wu-Tang Clan for inspiration, and the results are evident on his hip-hop-soul debut record I Don’t Want You Back. On the title track, Eamon’s youthful voice brings back fond memories of early ’90s R&B and, at times, a younger R. Kelly, as he passionately sings this soon-to-be break up anthem over a simple chord progression and a hymnal mix of light keyboards, strings and hushed background singers. It might be too early to crown him the king of hip-hop soul, but fuck it; it’s been too long since we’ve had such a classic foul-mouthed slow jam.



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