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I Care 4 U

It seemed sort of terrible when Ashanti won all the trophies on the recent (and tasteless) American Music Awards. It's kind of horrible seeing an artist as mediocre as Ashanti winning, considering former R&B princess Aaliyah never won as many times as she deserved. On December 10th of 2002, I Care 4 U was released, giving fans a much-needed break from all the Aaliyah-wannabes currently infesting the radio.

This disc offers six previously unreleased songs, along with the rough cuts of her popular hits, although there appears to be no roughness here. The disc appropriately opens with Aaliyah's debut to the world--"Back and Forth," a time when R. Kelly wasn't reprimanded for his relations with young girls (R. Kelly and Aaliyah were briefly married when she was only fifteen.) Several hits and the title track soon follow: "Are You That Somebody," "One in a Million," "I Care 4 U," and "More Than a Woman." "I Care 4 U" serves as kind of a premeditated tribute to the fans, carrying the similar feel as 2Pac's "I Ain't Mad Atcha." "Don't Know What To Tell Ya" carries a simplistic beat while stressing the importance of T-R-U-S-T in L-O-V-E. Romeo Must Die's main anthem follows here with "Try Again." The bittersweet feeling of the current single, "Miss You," ensures this track will be a fan favorite. However, the new tracks "Don't Worry, "All I Need," "Come Over," and "Erica Kane" never fail to satisfy the expectations of Aaliyah's beloved fans.

Near the album's close is "At Your Best," another amazing track from her debut, Age Ain't Nothing But a Number. The album finishes with an up-tempo cover of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." This track helps getting this emotional Aaliyah fan to smile once more, the kind of thing Aaliyah always seems to do best.

Crystal at 11/16/2004 11:16:00 AM

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