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Bif Naked develops her own style on her debut album, I Bificus


Days of the New

I Bificus
Bif Naked
Atlantic Records
12 songs, 47 minutes

Grade B+


By Justin Taillon
Daily Cougar Staff

Bif Naked, MTV's wild and crazy girl of the hour, has proven she is worth all the hype with her debut solo album I Bificus.

As a little background to her music: This girl has had a troubled existence, and she bares all in the album's heartfelt lyrics.

Naked was born in India, but moved to Canada to be with a foster family. When she turned 18 she moved out, joined her first band, married the drummer and became an alcoholic.

Her second band was more successful, but the record companies wanted her solo, -- so now, here she is, solo. And she claims to be completely cleaned up. But look at her. Is that a face you can trust?

If the song "Moment of Weakness" gets to you, listen to the lyrics. It's about a mistake made when she was drunk, and now she wants to take what she said back. If you love the lyrics of that song, you'll love the album.

If you usually love the hippie-tattoo girls who run through office buildings going crazy, like Naked does in her video, the album probably isn't for you. She is not your average-looking girl, but she seems to be normal in the head. Remember, she is cleaned up now.

Her voice mellows out at times, and she even produces some great slower songs, like "Lucky." Surprisingly, her lyrics have more meaning than most of the crap out there on MTV and the radio today.


The heavily tattooed, surprisingly talented Bif Naked has quite an impressive debut in I Bificus.

David Leyes/Atlantic Records

Since Naked was catapulted into the spotlight when her single "Moment of Weakness" became a buzz clip on MTV, people have accused her of wanting to be Gwen Stefani from No Doubt. Though she does sound a lot like Stefani on "Moment of Weakness," the rest of the album doesn't make her seem like a No Doubt protégé. It's obvious she has a personality all her own.

Throughout the album it is obvious Naked writes her songs from personal experiences. She yells about the boy she loves who has a girlfriend on "Only the Girl" and "I Died." 

She then screams about a girl who slept with her drummer and ruined the girlfriend's life (she was married to her drummer in her first band, but now they are divorced) on "Twitch."

On an even deeper basis, she has a slower song, "Lucky," about an alcoholic depressed girl on the road. This song has by far the deepest lyrics, but all the songs have a significant meaning.

But there is a down side to everything. In Naked's case, the album gets dry on the final few tracks. No offense intended, but her voice gets old after a little while, especially on "The Peacock Song" and "Anything."

Moreover, it seems she ran out of good background music toward the album's end. In places, the music begins to sound like Naked is just beating on a garbage can. Thankfully, only the final two or three tracks contain background music like this.

If you decide to buy the album -- and I recommend you do -- listen to the album on two separate occasions. You'll find it much more enjoyable and pick up on the things you missed the first time.
 

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