I’ve always had a perverse fascination with Ciara’s musical discography. I loved “Goodies”, and one of my other favorites from her was “Get Up” from the Step Up soundtrack. Other than that, I tolerated “Work”, but mostly because she was in a Verizon commercial, well, twerking on a countertop. Wasn’t enough to make me switch carriers, but I enjoyed her twerk way more than her treble-clef whisper shenanigans.
Her latest single “Body Party” from her upcoming self-titled album is an ode and throwback to the 90’s, in more ways than one. The song has an interpolation of Ghost Town DJ’s “My Boo”, and the prominent scene in which Ciara is stripping for Future (her both on and off screen love) is straight from Jamie Lee Curtis’ star turn in the 90’s movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, “True Lies”:
The song isn’t terrible — I don’t mind the record. And I’m always a fan of Ciara visually. She’s a beautiful woman, and her body and shape have always been the stuff that many a man’s dreams have been made of. Her voice has never been the strongest, but she’s done her best Janet Jackson impersonation for many a year now, and “Body Party” is no exception. There’s no tired back bends this video, but there’s plenty of twerking, gyrating and barely clothed dancing to truly see what kind of party Future is having with Ciara’s body.
The video should have stuck to the “True Lies” theme, because the party scene with the gratuitous placement of some random headphones really seems out of place. However, it gives Ciara a chance to do her best 90’s swag dress and dance, and allows for copious cameos (did y’all see Jazze Pha?! Where has he been?!) and to pay for some of the costs of renting that mansion via the Denon headphones. Twitter was abuzz with both dislike and like of this video, but what do y’all think? I’m torn between loving watching Ciara in a bra and panties and hearing a boring version of “My Boo” without the Miami bass that made it such a good (if not dated) 1-hit wonder…