702 – Star — 10 years to the day/overlooked albums #2

702 StarAlthough the album peaked at number 45 on the Billboard chart, to me it was not nearly as popular or well-known as their previous, self-titled second album that spawned the awesome R&B jam “Where My Girls At?”. And I never did see the music video for “Star” receiving airplay here, whereas I saw the video for “Where My Girls At?” quite a fair amount.

Star has quite a few really sweet R&B jams, yet, I agree with the Allmusic review that it is quite long (it clocks in at 64:06!) and has a few weaker songs included. Putting aside the weaker tracks, it is a quite a good piece of early 2000s R&B.

The album features Clipse and Pharell Williams, and the latter also attaches some of his signature programming (as he is credited) to a few tracks, most notably “I Still Love You”, with its distinct kick drum/kick drum beat and claps substituted for the snare.

The album starts on a high note (as many uusually do!) with the up-tempo “Let Your Hair Down,” which is not unlike Mary J Blige’s “Family Affair” from a couple of years earlier, about having a good time, and leaving your problems at the door. “Star” continues on an up-tempo swing and features Clipse. Normally I would prefer no male rappers on female R&B tracks (for example Alicia Keys’ “Girlfriend”, Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love”, Mariah Carey’s “It’s Like That” or Rihanna’s “Umbrella”, luckily it is just the start of the track in Rihanna’s case. Potential ego trip for the producer in question? Jermaine Dupri, I am looking your way!), but in this case it feels like it works, as is the case for Pharell’s track, where it is actually adding something.

A couple of other highlights include the in your face “Blah Blah Blah Blah” and the optimistic “Better Day (Ghetto Girl)”.

Read my first overlooked album post from back on August 23, 2010, TLC’s 3D.

And watch “Where My Girls At?”:

And “Star“!

Once again, thanks for reading!

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