Ciara Snapped With The Album “Beauty Marks”
By Monsetrratt Castillo
Singer Ciara came out with her seventh album on May 10, 2019, “Beauty Marks.” “Beauty Marks” is an upbeat, self-empowering album about relationships and self-love. This is Ciara’s first album since signing with Warner Bros and starting her own business, Beauty Marks Entertainment (BME) in 2017. BME is meant to better capture Ciara’s self image.
The album “Beauty Marks” is composed of 11 songs and features Macklemore, Kelly Rowland and Tekno. The album’s release could have been better planned out, considering Ciara released half of the songs before the album came out. Listening to the album, I realized I already knew five of the tracks. Ciara had already released five singles —“Level Up,” “Dose,” “Greatest Love,” “Freak Me,” and “Thinking About You” — since 2018. The album was only half new but that did not stop Ciara’s music from being catchy.
Ciara’s understanding of self-love shines through every song. Every song in this album is motivational, even one about being hung up over a man.
Ciara begins the album with the song “I Love Myself,” which starts off with her saying “the best thing I could ever do for me is love myself.” In the song, she is suffering, but she realizes she has to stop and love herself. Macklemore’s part is my favorite. He sends a message about the importance of self-love, saying “my children, I'm trying to teach them to love themselves /
But I can't expect it if I haven't accepted myself.” It is a very emotional song, probably one of the most uplifting songs on the album.
After this very emotional song, Ciara kicks the album off with “Level Up” and “Set.” Both songs are great to dance to. “Level Up” is extremely catchy and is already being used for choreographies. “Set” is similar in that regard, but the beat and lyrics are more intense. In my opinion, both of these songs represent the cover of the album perfectly, where Ciara depicts herself as an independent woman.
Skipping through the album, Ciara includes two song about a boy: “Thinkin Bout You” and “Trust Myself.” Surprisingly, this song is not about a heartbreak, but about a crush. “Thinkin Bout You” says “I've been thinkin' 'bout you / Maybe you're my destiny.” On the same note, “Trust Myself” says, “so let my lips say what they wanna say and let my hips move how they wanna move.” Ciara is living in the moment and enjoying herself. Usually, recent songs about men are about break ups or cheating, but these songs are more about enjoying the moment and having a crush.
While most of her songs are upbeat, Ciara end the album off with a slow song called “Beauty Marks.” The instrumental includes a piano and violins. It is about cherishing what one has, saying “what a feeling to wake up everyday knowing I am loved by you.” The song then talks about the “beauty marks” they both got from flaws and past events. It is an inspiring song and reminds the person who is listening their worth.
Ciara executed this album perfectly and I am excited to see what she has in store for the next album.