Clifton Johnson, better known by his stage name Cplus, is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist hailing from Oklahoma City. A talented musician, Johnson has gone from small town shows to opening for headliners, working with the likes of Usher, Tony Terry, and Mint Condition on his quest for the big time. Over the last two years, Johnson has gone into overdrive trying to make his marking, touring and performing constantly with his band, earning himself numerous television appearances and online interviews.
His latest cry for recognition, ‘Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend’ is one of his latest and so far, most memorable singles. Sadly, it’s not memorable in the way that Johnson would like. Alarm bells ring from the artwork alone, where the missing apostrophe leaves you wondering just how much thought was really put into the track, and unavoidable comparisons with Jule Styne and Leo Robin’s Broadway classic of the same name make for almost instant disappointment.
Sticking with a repeated refrain that slowly becomes more and more soporific with each repetition, ‘Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend’ arrives as a stale, directionless meander through what can only be described as heavily diluted RnB. Devoid of anything that really captures your attention, you can’t help but feel that the simple repetition is used as a way to hammer it relentlessly into your consciousness.
There is some redeeming soul to Johnsons vocals, but just barely. Ultimately, you’re wondering if even the artist wanted to be there recording the track, with all the joy and energy sapped from lines and making you wonder, if he doesn’t want to be here, why should I?
Usually we’re in complete agreement with Stereo Stickman when it comes to reviews, but I can’t fathom how anyone could find enjoyment in this single. Yes, there are hints of magic like the digital twinkle that rises and falls on repeat, but honestly, forget Cplus and this single, stick to Marilyn Munroe singing the original in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'.