Geriatric Foxx

There is something inevitably depressing about a 42-year old man singing about ‘shawties in da club’ and ‘100 dollar bills’.  Can anyone say ‘mid-life crisis’?

The tracks on Jamie Foxx’s album Intuition, have a delicious range of influences like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and of course, the late great Ray Charles, whom Foxx channelled quite effectively in the film Ray, winning him his first Oscar.

The beats and melodies work nicely with the modern voices of featured artists Lil’ Kim, Kanye West and Ti Pain.  Yet at times, Intuition feels like Foxx’s desperate attempt to recapture his youth.

Other actors are aware of the age factor.  The 2008 album I am Sasha Fierce showed a more mature Beyoncé appropriately representing her new status as a married woman to hip hop’s Shawn Corey Carter aka Jay-Z.

But Intution doesn’t help fans to place Jamie Foxx.  Other American solo artists like Brian McKnight and Joe are not only established as substantial R&B artists, but have a distinct and marketable sound that separates them from the ordinary.

Silver Foxx or Foxxy Lad?

Foxx on the other hand ranges from playing older characters in films like Ray and Collateral, to the artist who sings about women getting drunk enough in a club to go home with him.  Indeed, confused priorities.

Still, Foxx is a brilliant vocal comedian and impersonator, which he skilfully manages to use well in tracks such as ‘I Don’t Need it’, a song which shows off his multiple talents.

Is Intuition a well put together collaboration with interesting beats that will have any R&B lovers bopping their heads in or out of dance clubs?  Absolutely!

But Foxx’s age begs another question; How long does he think he can keep this up?  His live performance on the 2010 Grammy Awards unfortunately showed him a bit winded as he jumped around stage trying to keep up with the likes of younger performer’s Lady Gaga and Pink.  (To be fair, not many could keep up with Pink, who sings while performing Barnum and Bailey-like acrobatics from the ceiling.)

Yet, if Foxx insists on continuing with his tribute to young and contemporary R&B, he’d better start increasing his vitamin intake and getting a membership at his local gym.

Incidentally, his next album Body is due to come out on 25th May of this year.