Single Review: Jaimie Foxx
Jamie Foxx is the fourth person in history to have won both an acting Oscar and released a number-one album. The others are Streisand, Sinatra and Bing Crosby; not bad company.
He also got massive street-cred for singing the hugely famous hook from Kanye West's uber-hit, 'Gold Digger', and got to hang out with the first cool President of the United States on Barack Obama's inauguration day. Hell, Foxx even got to impersonate the Pres in front of two million fans, with the rest of the world watching on TV.
But even with that head-start, I guess you can't win them all. Yes, Foxx's album 'Unpredictable' went to number one, but that was on the basis of his popularity rather than musical merit. Comparisons with Streisand and Sinatra can end there. 'Unpredictable' contained a generic brand of hip-hop and R&B that saw Foxx labeled "the poor man's R. Kelly" among a lukewarm critical reception. And now, new single 'Just Like Me' is more of the same a vanilla R&B concoction about (guess what?) infidelity, heartbreak and love.
Sometimes the originality of the American music machine is enough to make your eyes bleed.
Foxx's singing is nice, of course, but nothing more than nice. The backing track is also inoffensive but bland; a steroid-fed lovechild of elevator music and 1980's sitcom theme tunes. There are no redemptive 'Crazy in Love' horns blaring here. The obligatory guest rap from T.I. is also pedestrian, the repetitive rapper unable to find his rhythm except for a short patch in the middle. Perhaps the Foxx publicity machine demands a certain amount of output.
But you'd think that someone who's had such a blistering run of successes in so many fields would be a lot more demanding about the quality of the product they release.
Jamie Foxx: Just Like Me is out now on Sony