Evolution is a slow process, so it shouldn't be startling that The Evolution is not a quantum leap forward from Goodies. Ciara's second album, The Evolution is held together by a handful of immaterial monologues that would be best left to an interview disc. Take "The Evolution of Music," where she states, "I feel like music is so different than what it used to be, and because of that, I was inspired to do something different this time around." And then in comes "Promise," yet another song referencing Kraftwerk and Zapp, and it also takes cues from prime Janet Jackson and Aaliyah -- so, no, it's not different at all.
Normal teenagers grow up. R&B singers experience evolution. At the grand old age of 21, Ciara Princess Harris reflects on the two years since her crunk-powered debut: "My faith is stronger; I'm much more confident; my jeans even fit a little different." Such nuggets of insight are strewn throughout The Evolution. Fortunately, we need not dwell on the significance of Ciara's waist size while a platoon of hit producers (Lil Jon, Rodney Jerkins, et al) are making the most of her versatile, if anonymous, voice.