Wikked Lil' Grrrls

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Wikked Lil' Grrrls
Wikked Lil' Grrrls (Esthero album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Esthero
Released June 28, 2005
Recorded 2003-2005
Genre
Length 67:57
Label Reprise Records
Producer
Esthero chronology
Breath from Another
(1998)Breath from Another1998
Wikked Lil' Grrrls
(2005)
Everything Is Expensive
(2012)Everything Is Expensive2012
Singles from Wikked Lil' Grrrls
  1. "We R in Need of a Musical Revolution!"
    Released: November 2004
  2. "Fastlane"
    Released: April 2005[1]

Wikked Lil' Grrrls is Canadian 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. The album elicited mixed reviews upon its release, with contemporary music critics generally praising her vocal performance but expressing mixed feelings regarding the record's eclecticism. The album gave Esthero her first album chart entry in the US, reaching number 24 on the US Heatseekers Albums chart. The album includes two singles, "We R in Need of a Musical Revolution" and "Fastlane."

Background and recording[edit]

Esthero was dropped from Work in late 1999 due to poor sales of her first album Breath from Another, and the label's absorption into Epic Records.[2] She eventually signed with Reprise Records.[3] 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".

Regarding the album's eclecticism, Esthero commented that her "taste is so vast it ends up like a premixed iPod shuffle."[2]

Musical style[edit]

The album was noted for its diversity of musical styles. Vibe described the album's style as "an alternately futuristic and vintage soundscape of reggae, jazz, hip hop, and electronica."[4] AllMusic's Johnny Loftus commented that the album falls "in a drifty place between modernized trip-hop (and) mild R&B."[5] Regarding the album's stylistic eclecticism, Esthero stated in an interview with The Washington Post that her "taste is so vast it ends up like a premixed iPod shuffle."[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (57/100)[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic[8] 2.5/5 stars
Entertainment Weekly[9] B-
Slant Magazine[10] 4/5 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". 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 noted "We R in Need of a Musical Revolution", "Everyday Is a Holiday (With You)" and "If Tha Mood" as album's highlights.[11] 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".

Some critics were more favorable in their assessments of the album. Sal Cinquemani, of Slant Magazine, was highly positive in his review of the album, awarding it four out of five stars and commenting 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 called the album "lyrically feisty and stylistically expanded".

Release and promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

The album included two singles."We R in Need of a Musical Revolution," the opening track, was first released as part of a six-song EP of the same name, released in October 2004.[5] An accompanying music video was filmed and released to promote the song,[12] but the single failed to chart. The second single, "Fastlane," premiered in April 2005;[1] it was released commercially in July 2005 as second single from album. It reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs, becoming her second Top 5 on the chart (her first being the non-album single "O.G. Bitch").[13]

Live performances[edit]

To promote the album, Esthero appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on July 7, 2005.[14] She also opened for John Legend.[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album gave Esthero her first album chart entry in the United States. The album debuted at number 24 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart dated 16 July 2005.[13]

Uses in media[edit]

The title track appeared on the soundtracks to Miss Congeniality 2 and John Tucker Must Die, and was used in an early promotion for the TV shows Desperate Housewives, and Las Vegas.[15] "Everyday Is a Holiday (With You)" was featured in the 2005 movie Monster-in-Law, and was used in a Season 2 episode of Grey's Anatomy.[15]

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)" (featuring Sean Lennon) Esthero, Sean Lennon Esthero, Sean Lennon 4:05
5. "Thank Heaven 4 You" Esthero, Camara Kambon Camara Kambon 4:30
6. "If Tha Mood" (featuring 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" (featuring Jelleestone & Jemeni) 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

Personnel and credits[edit]

Adapted from AllMusic[16] and album booklet.[17]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[13] 24

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Paoletta, Michael (April 23, 2005). "Venus Hum Sings Some New 'Songs'". Billboard. 117 (17): 26. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Harrington, Richard. "Esthero, Mixing It Up Again". Washington Post. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Esthero - Dictionary definition". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Out the Box: Beyond Hip-Hop and R&B (Vibe Aug 2005)". Google Books. Vibe/Vibe Media Group. 
  5. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny. "Esthero We R in Need of a Musical Revolution [EP] [Bonus Track] review". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  6. ^ Harrington, Richard. "Esthero, Mixing it up Again". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Reviews for Wikked Lil' Grrrls by Esthero - Metacritic". Apps.metacritic.com. Retrieved 2015-06-13. 
  8. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Esthero Wikked Lil' Grrrls review". Allmusic. RhythmOne Group. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  9. ^ Feliciano, Kristina. "Wikked Lil' Grrrls review". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  10. ^ Cinquemani, Sal. "Esthero Wikked Lil' Grrrls review". Slant. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  11. ^ Johnny Loftus (2005-06-28). "Wikked Lil' Grrrls - Esthero | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "We R In Need Of A Musical Revolution (OFFICIAL VIDEO HD) ESTHERO (BY JACKSONGZMJB)". YouTube. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  13. ^ a b c "Esthero chart history". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "TunesOnTV". Billboard. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "Esthero credits". IMDB. IMDB.com. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  16. ^ "Album Credits". AllMusic. RhythmOne. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  17. ^ Wikked Lil' Grrrls booklet