Six years after the release of her second studio album “Battlefield,” Jordin Sparks has truly found her sound with her new studio album “Right Here, Right Now,” released on August 21, 2015. Being known for her albums that feature mainstream pop songs such as “No Air (feat. Chris Brown)” and “Tattoo,” Sparks breaks the mold and showcases her growth as a woman and artist with “Right Here, Right Now” by going for a more sultry R&B sound that includes influences of hip-hop and pop.
Enlisting 2 Chainz (“Double Tap”) and B.o.B (“Work from Home”) as features on the album, Sparks provides her audience the perfect marriage of smooth R&B vocals with hiphop influenced sounds. Some of the album’s shining moments include the track “1000” featuring rapper J-Doe; an electric guitar driven R&B/ hip-hop song that adds an extra zero to the term “Keeping it 100” in a relationship; “Casual Love” featuring reggae superstar Shaggy, a tropical tinged ballad that is sure to set fire to the reggae market and “Unhappy” featuring singer/songwriter Elijah Blake, a slow and sultry R&B ballad that discusses of the pain of a break-up.
More highlights include the ironically church organ sampled “Boyz in the Hood” and the soothing yet meaningful ballad “They Don’t Give”. The album’s true gem as showcased through the response of listeners is the track “Tell Him That I Love Him,” a mid-tempo piano driven R&B ballad that showcases both Sparks’s continual growth as a vocalist and how her sound has been influenced by R&B legends such as Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Overall, “Right Here, Right Now” provides the perfect transition into the artist Sparks is today to those who only recall her from her American Idol days.
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