(2012) Wild Ones

Flo Rida

... read moreThere's no doubt that by Wild Ones' 2012 release, pop-rapper Flo Rida had become a "singles artist," one who soars high in the three- to four-minute format. Give him thin but clever ideas -- that acoustic guitar riffs might sound fun with hip-hop beats or that whistling also looks like oral sex -...

34′:34″ 9 Songs

1
Whistle
Flo Rida
3:45
2
Wild Ones (Feat. Sia)
Flo Rida
3:53
3
Let It Roll
Flo Rida
3:14
4
Good Feeling
Flo Rida
4:08
5
In My Mind Part 2 (Feat. Georgi Kay)
Flo Rida
4:30
6
Sweet Spot (Feat. Jennifer Lopez)
Flo Rida
3:48
7
Thinking Of You
Flo Rida
3:40
8
I Cry
Flo Rida
3:44
9
Run (Feat. Redfoo Of Lmfao) (Bonus Track)
Flo Rida
3:52
Released 22 June 2012, 2012 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States

Review

There's no doubt that by Wild Ones' 2012 release, pop-rapper Flo Rida had become a "singles artist," one who soars high in the three- to four-minute format. Give him thin but clever ideas -- that acoustic guitar riffs might sound fun with hip-hop beats or that whistling also looks like oral sex -- and you get hot, infectious fluff, the hottest of which here is "Whistle," a DJ Frank E production that might have been handed to Kesha, Katy Perry, or even Maroon 5, although Flo Rida does it much justice, reviving a come-on that goes back to Lauren Bacall and putting a couple energy drinks' worth of power behind it. The title cut with Sia is close to Katy Perry's "Fireworks" but crafted to support a sports highlight reel instead of teenage dreams, and then there's the Etta James-sampling "Good Feeling" with producers Dr. Luke and Avicii replacing David Guetta from the previous album and offering that urban-pop glitter-flash that should make purists scream and the Black Eyed Peas jealous. Speaking of the previous album (2010's Only One Flo, Pt. 1), this is also a short, almost EP-length album that comes with nine tracks in its standard version and with no full-length flow, and while it was originally titled Only One Rida, Pt. 2 and designed as some kind of sequel, continuity doesn't matter in this pop-rap-urban-dance landscape, as this genre is as "in the moment" as it comes. Wild Ones would be dragged down by any tacked-on sense of purpose, and thinking of Flo Rida as equal parts thrill seeker and hitmaker is easy as the album races to its absolutely silly, LMFAO-featuring finish. It's gimmicky, lightweight, and best taken in small chunks, but get a glitter-friendly crowd together and it gets the party started, succeeding at its one and only goal. ~ David Jeffries