Ciara Goes "Acoustic" With Her Leading Single, 'I Bet' + Sings An Emotional Story About Lost Love:
Two weeks ago, Ciara released her leading single from Jackie, "I Bet." Earlier this week, she teased that we could be expecting an acoustic performance to the leading single, and it's here.
I've honestly listened to this a couple times, just to be clear on if I actually liked the acoustic or not, and it's sort of as dull as the studio version. I mean, nothing about this leading single is grabbing me, and I've really been trying. Ciara hasn't failed me in years, with her music especially in regards to leading singles, but something about "I Bet" doesn't appeal to me, and it may have to do with the lyrical content. I mean, I can't honestly relate to Ciara's pain in the track lyrically, and something about the song does have a little tease to "No Air" by Jordin Sparks. It reminds me of an early 00's bop to be honest. Still, no matter what, I can definitely say I prefer the acoustic over the studio version of the track, because something about the acoustic shows more emotion, which is what I'm looking for, because Ciara mainly sings about her relationship with her ex-lover, Future.
I also thinks this proves to the media a lot about Ciara as an artist and what she's capable of. Whether or not I love the track, she's coming strong with her vocal performance, and this is some of the best I've seen from her, so while the acoustic does have it's flaws, I still do see a positive outcome in this era. With her background singers, I don't really think they were needed, or if anything, she picked the wrong background singers. During the chorus of the track, it seemed their voices outweighed Ciara's, and the ad-libbing from the background singers were unnecessary. True, it was on the studio version of the track, which was done by a male, that almost sounded like Future, but the woman didn't do much for the track, with the ad-libbing. It was best if it was left alone. Maybe then, more people would appreciate this acoustic. Just like the studio version of the track, I thought the bridge to the acoustic was amazing, and Ciara really gave it her all. You could tell she was waiting for that moment to come. I don't think the acoustic has had much of an effect on the single's performance on the charts, since it sits at #71 on the iTunes charts, but it was just released in a few hours, and it's not like it's the official video for the track, which I'm actually skeptical on if that's coming.