December 30, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST

Always a strong singles artist, Ciara has struggled to find enough memorable material to fill an album. She comes closer than ever on her fourth full-length, Basic Instinct. The big difference is her choice of collaborators: Hitmakers Tricky Stewart and The-Dream, the duo behind Rihanna?s ”Umbrella” and Beyoncé?s ”Single Ladies,” produced and/or co-wrote most of these tracks. Their caffeinated synth-pop beats and wiggling melodies play precisely to Ciara?s strengths. B+

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Lusty Ludacris collab Ride at myspace.com
Come-hither ballad You Can Get It at youtube.com

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type
Movie
Genre
mpaa
R
runtime
127 minutes
director
Cast
Wayne Knight,
Stephen Tobolowsky,
Jeanne Tripplehorn
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