No Boys Allowed

Who the hell calls her album No Boys Allowed and then does a duet with Chris Brown called "One Night Stand"? A diva who is a little confused about what she's doing. Keri Hilson has a powerhouse voice that seemed to promise great things on R&B hits like "Turnin Me On" and "Slow Dance." But her second album is hit-or-miss, with failed attempts at pop crossover (the Timbaland collabo "Breaking Point") and sub-Rihanna reggae moves. Still, the high points are worth digging out, especially the electro-porn of "The Way You Love Me" and the Ne-Yo-co-written "Pretty Girl Rock," a lighter-than-air jump-rope rhyme about how hot she is. It's a topic that seems close to her heart.

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From The Archives Issue 1123: February 3, 2011