Review of “Shake It Up” Star, Zendaya’s Debut Album

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Seventeen-year-old Zendaya Coleman, known simply as Zendaya from the Disney Channel’s hit show, Shake It Up released her first self-titled studio album on September 17th. The album is predominantly pop, with hints of dance, dubstep and R&B. The album has eleven songs, many co-written by Coleman herself.

Zendaya’s first radio single, Replay is definitely a track that you’re going to want to put on replay. This high-energy slow jam packs a punch and was definitely a brilliant choice for the young starlet’s entrance onto the music scene. – 4 stars.

Second on the track list is Fireflies. This song creates a unique sound by alternating between slow jam and upbeat dance. However, the style also makes Zendaya sound much younger and fails to showcase her maturing voice. – 3 stars.

From Fireflies to Butterflies, this next track is very much a standard girly love song, sure to be very popular with the teenage crowd; however, it might not resonate so well with a more mature audience. – 2 stars.

 Putcha Body Down is very similar to Replay in its style and sound. It carries a lot of energy and is perfect for letting loose with your best girlfriends. – 3 stars.

 Heaven Lost An Angel is another mediocre pop/dance love song on the album, similar to Fireflies and Butterflies. It is no doubt a catchy tune, but it very much lacks any distinctiveness or originality in comparison to some of the other tracks. – 2 stars.

 Cry For Love is the first single that actually seems to have heartfelt and meaningful lyrics about the difficulty and sadness surrounding a particular relationship that Zendaya has experienced. It is extremely powerful and is sure to be very relatable. – 3.5 stars.

 Only When You’re Close has a great beat, incorporating elements of dubstep and R&B, and is probably the song on the album that best showcases Zendaya’s budding talent. – 3.5 stars.

 Bottle You Up is set to be Zendaya’s second radio single. Other than that, it highly resembles almost every other song on the album. The tempo, style and genre are nothing fresh. – 2.5 stars.

Rounding out the last three tracks, Scared uses some neat audio effects throughout the song, but again, other than that, it is easily comparable to preceding tracks such as Only When You’re Close.  – 2 stars.

Love You Forever is a simple but cute upbeat ballad about finding eternal love. – 2.5 stars.

Last but far from least, My Baby is probably the most upbeat and unique track on the album, only second to Replay. The tongue-clicking beat mixed with its hard-hitting R&B feel finally adds some originality to “Zendaya” and makes it go out with a bang. – 3.5 stars.

In a nutshell, “Zendaya” is just one in a string of many pop albums being released by young teen Disney stars including Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande. Overall, it lacked originality and each song seemed to bear a striking resemblance to every other. However, if you can’t get enough of bubbly pop music, then this album will certainly do the trick. Overall rating: 2.5 stars.




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