Review: Timbaland’s Shock Value 2

Two years after the international smash Shock Value comes Shock Value 2. After various rumours about who would be featuring, the final guest is a slight let down. Miley Cyrus? Katy Perry? Drake? All blatantly trying to capitalise off the IT hype they generate. What happened to Beyonce, Lady Gaga and even, dare I say it, Rihanna?

Anyway, here it is.

Good tracks:

Carry Out.

Tomorrow In a Bottle (It is too long. I thought the end was near, but then another two minutes dragged on).

Say Something.

Morning After Dark.

Can You Feel It (Featuring the amazingly talented Esthero).

Ease Off the Liquor.

Undertow (A nice mellow track, plus more of Esthero’s lovely voice).

Long Way Down.

Marchin’ On.

The One I Love.

Average tracks:

Meet in the Middle (It would have been bad, but Brandy’s portion of the song lifted it from boredom).

Lose Control (Drags on, but is catchy).

We Belong to the Music (It started well, but then dragged on and on without building up to anything whatsoever).

Bad tracks:

If We Ever Meet Again (Another song that starts well but ends up dragging on forever through repetition. Katy Perry should have adapted to Timbaland, not the other way around).

Symphony (Nice, but the beat needed to change at some point, not continuous).

Notable guests:

Again, we have Keri Hilson and Justin Timberlake. However, newcomers like Brandy and Esthero make up for Timbaland revisiting the same ole same old territory. Drake, the current bandwagon. For tweens, there is Miley Cyrus and Jojo. For American Idol fans, there is Daughtry.

Singles or album? Get the album, if you can bear the dud songs in the first half.