Review of Kat DeLuna 9 Lives

Where’s Britney? Where’s Jessica Simpson? Where’s Madonna? Heard from Mariah Carey lately? Does Whitney Houston still record? How about J-Lo? Well, Jennifer Lopez recently released a fine Spanish language album, but it hasn’t received as much attention as her English language music. A lot of the ladies of pop music have gone missing or on hiatus, so as is the nature of the music business, another crop of ladies must take their place. Led by Rihanna, Fergie, Amy Lee of Evanescence, Nelly Furtado, Shakira, Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Gwen Stefani, Pink, and others, this new group of ladies have much diversity and talent to offer the world of popular music.  Another newcomer has hit the scene as well, Kat DeLuna.

Kat DeLuna’s song “Whine Up” has been on the airwaves in the East Coast most of this summer. I heard an interview with her, before I heard “Whine Up” and was encouraged to find a young lady who cared about her music, her culture, and seems to remember “where she’s from.”

Unfortunately, the station played “Whine Up” after the interview, and of course, I was once again disappointed.

The song itself is great musically. It has all the ingredients of a hot dance song. I love the driving Latin sound of the chorus.

But Kat, you’re 19 as of this writing. You’re writing about very sensual things. Is this what you want to tell the young girls from your neighborhood? Is this what you give your parents after all their encouragement and support as you studied music diligently all your life? Reminds me of Rihanna- wanting to be a good example to young girls, but really not being one at all.

Boy keep doing what you´re doing get me hot
Winding up your body you don´t have to stop
My temperature is rising want you more than before
It´s an animal attraction, whine your body up

I was mildly anticipating the release of her full album, to see what she would do with other songs. Her voice is excellent, obviously. I was trying to think of what contemporary singer one could compare it to, and she really sounds unique, I think. Maybe a little bit like Mariah Carey.

1.  Intro

The introduction has Kat giving a breathy, lispy speech about her dreams.  OK, the lisp is adorable.  You can hear it in many of her songs, too. 

She thanks God for giving her the gift of music, asks her listeners to share her joy.  Good!

2.  Run The Show – again, too sensual.  Here’s an example:

bite your lips cause you know that you feel it
when i shake it you know you’re addicted
i see you’re lovin this dominicana
you like the way that I dance the bachata

How can one, only moments ago thank God for their gift, then pepper their gift with sensuality and immorality?  It’s like those artists on award shows that are thanking God left and right, but their barely clothed appearance leaves nothing to the imagination.  Is that God-glorifying, or self-glorifying?

3.  Am I Dreaming – really shows her Hispanic roots from the very beginning.  I like the intro where she sings a little bit and you can hear the talent oozing from her.

4.  Whine Up – see above.

5.  Feel What I Feel – nothing objectionable here- she encourages her listeners to listen to and love music (specifically her music).   Good song.

6.  Love Me, Leave Me – decent song about a past love.

7.  In The End - a bizarrely-lyric’d song with the following first line:

I’m the textbook definition of a rebel
I see the crowd go left and I’ve got to go right
I’m always in some trouble
To me life ain’t fun unless you’re in a good fight

I’m not against rebellion in society- a Christian must be different than the rest of the world.  And America must really rebel against the coming threat of Islamic World Domination (but it won’t, we’ll be overrun and bowing down to Allah soon).  But she’s not demonstrating what she’s rebelling against.  I think she’s just trying to portray herself as a bad girl, like Rihanna, Pink, or even Kelly Clarkson sometimes.  Why do some artists do this?

8.  Love Confusion – the result of someone not seeking God’s will in their lives regarding a relationship.

9.  Animal – I this is the most memorable song of the whole album.  It’s also to be avoided at all costs.  It will stick in your head like a sticky note.  I can’t believe a young, self-respecting lady would sing such things:

Let me outta my cage, can’t you see I’m untamed;
I’m like a wildcat
I smell your fear, I see you runnin;
Taste the heaviest poison, one kiss from my lips
I’m pretty evil, savage beauty inside

Are you wild and dirty like an animal
Can you growl and scream like an animal
Baby go, go, go like an animal
Tear it up, make a mess like an animal

God?  What do you think of this song?  Galatians 5:22-26 says:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self–control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Reader: do you belong to Jesus Christ?

10.  Be Remembered – a charge to people to follow their dreams and “Make it Happen.”  Reminds me of that old Mariah Carey song. 

11.  Enjoy Saying Goodbye - this is a great song.  I bet it’ll be a single and probably a hit.  It really showcases her singing ability, since the production is spare.  Not any more objectionable than any other hit song out there.

Well, here’s another artist claiming to thank God and be religious, but their actions don’t portray that kind of life. Jesus says in Matthew 7:20, “Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” Not recognizing you as a Christian, Kat.

All lyrics found at http://www.metrolyrics.com.

2 responses to “Review of Kat DeLuna 9 Lives

  1. blazeproductions October 6, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    I’m not against rebellion in society- a Christian must be different than the rest of the world. And America must really rebel against the coming threat of Islamic World Domination (but it won’t, we’ll be overrun and bowing down to Allah soon).

    WTF?

  2. Ashley July 13, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Why do you always try and take a Christian view and mutilate music that wasn’t meant to be Christian music? Because it wasn’t meant to be CM, it’s going to go against many CM values. So, to nit pick and become disappointed (Again and again) is not going to help anyone or anything when you’re in the wrong.
    Please, think before you post.
    Anything.

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