Ciara - Fantasy RideFirst there was Beyoncé’s alter ego Sasha Fierce. Now comes Ciara’s Super C, a comic-book character to showcase the singer’s “inner strength and more aggressive persona.” What next—a new X-Men with Jay-Z, Bow Wow and Kanye West as superheroes? Ciara’s latest boasts plenty of club-thumping tunes, including “High Price” and “Love Sex Magic,” both edgy duets with Ludacris and Justin Timberlake respectively. But, otherwise, Super C’s most distinctive quality is, sadly, just Ciara’s cold, robotic voice.

April 2009