Paris Bennett was one of the stars from American Idol . Specifically (for those people that actually pay attention to it), ey was the fifth place winner in the fifth season of Idol. The introductory track to the disc, â€œAll Hair the Princessâ€, is a song that reflects a gospel influence. â€œOrdinary Loveâ€ is a track that has Bennett take on a Beyonce type of vocal style, but the combination guitar/rock sound blended with clapping and snapping seems to provide a little too much in the way of dissention during the track. This has the negative effect of going and detracting from the vocals, distracting individuals from what should be the focal point of the track. â€œDreaminâ€™â€ is the next full track, and seems to blend the vocal style of an Eve and a Lauryn Hill over what is a very Spartan type of arrangement.
Theoverall sound of the track is something that reflects the gospel influence, and could conceivably be a track that charted in the early nineties. The same type of retro sound is present during â€œDaddyâ€. The slower tempo of Bennettâ€™s vocals begin to put eir in a little bit of a rut. There are sections during this track that Bennett speeds up the vocals, but the track does not shine. I could completely see Bennett charting with â€œMy Boyfriendâ€™s Backâ€, a cover of The Angelsâ€™ 1963 hit. I could see this track given a back to back treatment with Sean Kingstonâ€™s â€œBeautiful Girlsâ€, in that both attempt to approach success through a well-trodden path. â€œCanâ€™t Control Myselfâ€ is another slower track but it succeeds where the other slower tracks on â€œPrincess Pâ€ did not.
There is a compelling instrumentation that presents itself throughout the entirety of the track, making this a song that is light, airy, and ultimately something that individuals can easily sing along with. This track is the first one where I as a listener can hear the range and ability of Bennett. The harder-edged, more angry sound of â€œIâ€™m So Hotâ€ is a welcome change of pace for listeners, and shows them that Bennett is not a one-trick pony. This is a good, solid first effort. Individuals that are not fans of pop music will likely not find much that they can appreciate here, but for the Hilary Duff and J-Lo set, â€œPrincess Pâ€ may be a necessary purchase. Give it a go.
Top Tracks: Daddy, Caught Up