Overproduced to the point where the song skids past you on a trail of its own slickness...

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Aaliyah : Rock The Boat

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Aaliyah : Rock The Boat

The [a]Aaliyah[/a] phenomenon gets weirder as the months pass. Though the singer is of course still dead, there’s no accounting for previously arranged scheduling commitments, and so has a movie coming out soon, and look, another single from her album, too. Which this, syrupily enough, is. There was undoubtedly a talented young performer in [a]Aaliyah[/a], but ‘Rock The Boat’ is one of the less memorable tracks from her album, overproduced to the point where the song skids past you on a trail of its own slickness. The sexual/nautical lyrics also continue the overall feeling of wonkiness. “[I]Let’s take this overboard[/I]” sings [a]Aaliyah[/a]. All is no matter, of course. The tragedy of the tale outweighs the crapness of the record, and [a]Aaliyah[/a],’s status as the Tupac of R&B remains assured.

John Robinson