We’re back this week with yet another underrated gem. Today’s From The Vault pick is Ciara’s ‘Can’t Leave ‘Em Alone’ featuring former flame 50 Cent.
An ode to the “dope boys,” ‘Alone’ is an 80’s flavored R&B-Pop track which was released as the third single from CiCi’s sophomore set, ‘The Evolution.’
It was helmed by producer-extraordinaire Darkchild and boasted a guest verse from a still scorching Fiddy.
Sadly, the song didn’t perform as well as the album’s first two singles ‘Promise’ and ‘Like A Boy.’ Instead, it barely reached the US Top 40 – though it still went Gold. An international push did not take place.
Released just in time for Summer 2007, the colorful and sun-soaked video saw Ciara strut the streets of ATL in hyper hot pants before joining bae for a romantic dinner on a rooftop.
Of course the video also featured “those” shots of Miss Harris and 50 cuddled up and topless – which did nothing to dispel the rumors (at the time) about the pair dating.
The Fat Cats-directed vid went to #1 on BET’s 106 & Park.
We’re sure we’re not the only ones who deemed the song a winner on first listen. It’s still puzzling how it wasn’t received with open arms by critics and the record buying public, as we feel it a solid example of what a Pop/Urban Ciara sounds like at her best.
In any case, ahead of the arrival of Ci’s new material, let us know…