Wikked Lil' Grrrls

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Wikked Lil' Grrrls
Studio album by Esthero
Released June 28, 2005
Recorded 2003-2005
Genre
Length 67:57
Label Reprise Records
Producer Esthero, Kamillion, Adam 12, Doc McKinney, Track & Field, Sean Lennon, Keith Crouch
Esthero chronology
Breath from Another
(1998)
Wikked Lil' Grrrls
(2005)
Everything Is Expensive
(2012)
Singles from Wikked Lil' Grrrls
  1. "We R in Need of a Musical Revolution"
    Released: November 23, 2004
  2. "Fastlane"
    Released: July 26, 2005

Wikked Lil' Grrrls is Canadian American singer Esthero's second album, her first full-length in seven years. It was released on June 28, 2005 in North America by Reprise Records and was her first album to feature a Parental Advisory warning.

Background[edit]

Esthero was dropped from Sony Music Entertainment in late 1999 due to poor sales of her first album Breath from Another. She joined Reprise Records the same year. Orlando Puerta, marketing director at Reprise Records noted: "Somehow she persevered, and she is special enough for us not to let go of her." Esthero began writing material for her second studio album before her departure from SME. It took over 4 years and in late 2003 she started recording sessions.
In November 2004 a six-song promotional EP entitled "We R in Need of a Musical ReVoLuTIoN!" was released. It features 3 tracks not included on the album: "The Lull-a-Bye", "I Drive Alone" and "Amber & Tiger's Eye".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (57/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars
Billboard 3.5/5 stars
Prefix Magazine 2.5/5 stars
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars
Splendid Magazine 1/10 stars

The album received generally mixed reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 57, based on 8 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews". Predominantly positive review came from Sal Cinquemani by Slant Magazine who awarded it four out of five stars, saying that album "establishes her as the progenitor of what could be called electro-ethno-pop". Billboard magazine also was positive, calling the album "another eclectic musical trip". Rolling Stone gave the album three stars out of five and noted that album "lyrically feisty and stylistically expanded".
Johnny Loftus of Allmusic felt that Wikked Lil' Grrrls is a "personal statement, if not a labor of love", however considers that the album "occasionally gets lost between songwriting, thematics, and stylistic flow". He gave the album 2.5 stars out of 4 and highlighted tracks "We R in Need of a Musical Revolution", "Everyday Is a Holiday (With You)" and "If Tha Mood" as album's highlights.[2] In extremely negative review from Splendid magazine, Mike Meginnis said: "A towering monument to Esthero's overpowering sense of self satisfaction, this mess overstays its welcome and abuses whatever attention you're willing to spend on it. In short, it's not a career highlight".

Singles[edit]

"O.G. Bitch" was released in April 2004 as CD single. It became first Esthero single without Doc's assistance and also her first Hot Dance Club hit where it reached number one. Single wasn't included on album.

"We R in Need of a Musical Revolution" was released in October 2004 as six-track EP. A music video was filmed to promote the single, however it failed to chart.

"Fastlane" was released in July 2005 as second single from album. It became second Esthero hit on Hot Dance Club chart where it reached number five. There is no official music video for the single.

Uses in media[edit]

The title track appeared on the soundtrack to film Miss Congeniality 2.

The title track was also used in an early promotion for the TV show Desperate Housewives.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "We R in Need of a Musical Revolution"   Esthero, James Robertson, Jully Black, Spookey Ruben James Robertson, Spookey Ruben, Esthero 4:06
2. "Dragonfly's Intro"   Jemeni   1:32
3. "Blanket Me in You (Never Is So Soon)"   Esthero, Adam Bravin Adam 12, Esthero 4:58
4. "Everyday Is a Holiday (With You)" (feat. Jelleestone & Jemeni) Esthero, Sean Lennon Esthero, Sean Lennon 4:05
5. "Thank Heaven 4 U"   Esthero, Camara Kambon Camara Kambon 4:30
6. "If Tha Mood" (feat. Shakari Nyte) Doc McKinney, Kobe Eshun, Krista Gonzales Doc McKinney 4:31
7. "Bad Boy Clyde"   Esthero, Krista Gonzales Doc McKinney 3:36
8. "Beautiful Lie"   Esthero, Larry Kline Esthero 5:10
9. "Junglebook"   Esthero, Brian West, Gerald Eaton Track & Field, Esthero 4:49
10. "My Honeybrown"   Esthero   0:26
11. "Wikked Lil' Grrrls"   Esthero, Krista Gonzales, Malik Worthy Doc McKinney, Malik Worthy, Esthero 4:18
12. "Gone" (feat. Cee Lo Green) Esthero, Keith Crouch, Green, Jubu Keith Crouch, Kamillion, Esthero 5:16
13. "My Torture"   Esthero, Bravin, Oliver Johnson Adam 12, Esthero 6:26
14. "Melancholy Melody"   Esthero, James Poyser Esthero 4:36
15. "Fastlane"   Esthero, Krista Gonzales, Doc Doc McKinney 4:53
16. "Dragonsfly's Outro"   Esthero, Bill Conti Adam 12, Esthero 4:05
17. "Brave Bear Woman"   Esthero   0:18
Total length:
67:57

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