Kelly Rowlandâ€™s fourth album finds the former Destinyâ€™s Child returning to her R&B roots after experimenting with varying approaches on her first three releases. But Talk A Good Game still feels a bit confused conceptually, if not stylistically.Â The socially conscious â€œStreet Lifeâ€ feels odd amongst the more personal and reflective tracks on the album, as does the sensual ode to cunnilingus, â€œKisses Down Low,â€ as brilliant as that song may be.
The albumâ€™s strongest moment comes in the form of a ballad with â€œDirty Laundry.â€ Rowland delivers an emotional performance reflecting on her jealousy of Beyonce and her personal demons during her Destinyâ€™s Child days, including a manipulative and abusive relationship. The song is made more powerful and transformative by being followed by â€œYou Changed,â€ a track featuring her former sisters Beyonce and Michelle Williams.
Ultimately, though, this juxtaposition of Beyâ€™s voice with Kellyâ€™s serves as a reminder that, despite having some great material, Rowlandâ€™s voice is rather forgettable. Even Williams, who is noticeably the weakest singer of the three, has a distinct and interesting timbre to her voice that Rowland lacks. For all the great tracks on Talk A Good Game, there is too much filler and forgettable material, and despite her best efforts, her voice is part of the problem.