The Bottom Line
Ciara is back and this time she has Justin Timberlake at her side. A spare dance beat bathed in funky, retro 70's style R&B guitar is a great foundation for the two stars to play off each other. It doesn't have the lyrical potency of "Like a Boy," but fans of sparkling dance-pop are likely to smile.
- Retro funk guitar feel
- Vocal magnetism between the two stars
- Smooth, sweet breakdown
- Maybe a bit too light and fluffy
- Written by Justin Timberlake and Ciara Harris
- Produced by the Y's and Justin Timberlake
- Released February 2009 by Jive Records
Guide Review - Ciara and Justin Timberlake - "Love Sex Magic"
Ciara proved on her last album The Evolution that she is an artist who can add some meaningful depth to her songs while maintaining an overall atmosphere of fun and sexiness. "Love Sex Magic," from her upcoming third studio release Fantasy Ride, lays aside pretentions of deep meaning and instead encourages a fun-filled trip to the dance floor. Co-written and performed with Justin Timberlake, the song rides a beat that brings simultaneous echoes of 70's R&B and classic Janet Jackson.
Justin Timberlake has proven himself to be one of the most valuable collaborators in the pop music industry. He has contributed to big hit singles by Black Eyed Peas, Timbaland, Madonna, and Rihanna. There is real vocal magnetism here between Ciara and Justin. You can almost feel the pair smiling through the grooves.
Ciara hasn't been to the pop top 10 since her first album. That funky guitar and appearance by Justin Timberlake may be just enough to carry her back near the top of the pop chart. It is light pop dance fluff, but it may just be the fun track that will get mainstream pop audiences dancing and singing along.