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Released: 18th September 2000.

Kandi - Hey KandiHaving written four hugely successful singles - these being "No Scrubs" for TLC, "Bills Bills Bills" and "Bug A Boo" for Destiny's Child, and "There You Go" for Pink - one would have thought her debut record would be something the world would never forget. Well boy are we fooled! Looks like Kandi can't summon up the same magic touch for her own solo singles.

The album is very bland and Kandi plays the game safe, breaking no new ground or taking any musical risks. If you want an album that stands on its own - this one only just about does it - it's probably best to look elsewhere. The 12 tracks pretty much merge into one another and the album becomes one huge song. I must say its very disappointing, considering the huge wrap she received leading up to the release of the album.

I shouldn't dismiss the album completely though, before shedding some light onto the few good points of this record. Believe it or not there are about 4 good songs included in the package. But sadly, the rest are just album fillers.

The very funky "What I'm Gon' Do To You" is a great, upbeat, dancey R&B groove, which surprisingly enough, is quite catchy. Another funky track is "I Wanna Know" given a few listens, you'll be hooked on this great finger tapping song. The last two songs on the album are ballads, where Kandi's formula works ten times better on her ballads than her upbeat, hard-hitting R&B.

"Just So You Know" and "Easier" are amazing epic ballads which really touch your heart. The latter track being my favourite track on the whole album (didn't take much time to pick one!) has fantastic production. The debut single "Don't Think I'm Not" is still probably the catchiest and most popular track on the album.

If you don't hear from Kandi again after a few pathetic attempts at trying to crack the Top 10 (I doubt if she could even crack the Top 100 with her future singles) don't be worried. Move on to a more credible R&B singer or group with good songs (it certainly isn't hard to find that) and be happy you're not wasting brain cells on this.

* * (Lachlan Sutherland)

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