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CD REVIEW: Kedash - "Tasty"
By Gian F - 04/16/2005 - 12:19 AM EDT

Artist: Kedash
Album: "Tasty"
CD Review: Genre: R&B
Sounds Like: Fantasia
Technical Grade: 9
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8
Commercial Value: 8
Overall Talent Level: 8
Songwriting Skills: 8
Performance Skill: 8
Best Songs: Pour It In My Cup, We Came To Get Down, Choose, I Love You
Weakness: ?
CD Review: From steamy Miami, Florida comes Kedash, a singer/songwriter who was inspired to write the songs on this project as a result of the emotional roller-coaster rides that she has been on. Many of those experiences surface here on her sophomore CD and are brought to life musically by Debonair Music in conjunction with Smack-Aya-Face Productions, who give this project the Southern bounce that music lovers have come to expect. What they may not be expecting are the wicked club tracks that get your blood pumping and still manage to display Kedash's distinctive vocals - and tell her story simultaneously.

The most commercial track, "Pour It In My Cup," is the kind of track that you hear at the club around 1 a.m. - between the time that people lose their social inhibitions and gain their sexual anxieties (which is usually right before closing time). It has a retro 90s feel to it that's melodic and memorable, as does the more hip-hop flavored "We Came To Get Down," which would be an excellent follow-up. Also poised for radio consideration is the hyperactive "Choose," which finds Kedash confronting her cheating man and executing lyrics with panache and precision.

After proving that she can motivate you to the dance floor - with your cup full - to get down, Kedash slows the pace to put the emphasis on her vocals with a ballad that positions and defines her as a bonafide diva. The tender track "I Love You," is a somewhat unexpected surprise, but a valuable addition to a robust repertoire which brings calm to the emotional roller-coaster ride, providing the serene ending that we all hope for.

A project this "Tasty" will be a success in the North, East, West and of course, the South.

Advice: Crank up the marketing machine and get yourself a hot video to go along with the hot tracks that I've mentioned.

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