- Audio CD (21 Aug 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Clean, Import
- Label: Atlantic
- ASIN: B008E582X0
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
But Trey’s references to sex are rather more engaging than your average. As an artist operating largely outside of the tabloids, his fans are more interested in how his relationships affect his psyche rather than who, exactly, he’s sleeping with.
That said, Trey does go into no little detail regarding his preferences and desires – the result somewhat akin to a sex tape. Fans of old will have become used to these blush-inducing lines some time ago – but what can newcomers expect from Trey, operating in a field of other, perhaps more interesting, sex fantasists like Anthony Hamilton and R Kelly?
Playin’ Hard leaves the deepest impression from this throng of tracks, with Trey whimpering: “F***in’ all these broads / I’m disgusted with my damn self.” It’s the smallest of reveals shorn of context, but represents a considerable compromise from this artist. It’s a reward, too, appearing amidst so much braggadocio and utterances of untainted infatuation.
It’s not until the ninth track, Pretty Girls Lie, that Trey reveals a deeper side to his songwriting and, concurrently, his own personality. A humbler tone pervades, be it through guilt (Bad Decisions), remorse (Without a Woman), or regret (Fumble). His sex chat is expendable, but Trey’s doubts remain – although while his sincerity is commendable, there’s a point at which obsessions reach their endpoints.
No mix of club bangers, emotive slow jams, big hook-laden pop choruses and rockist dalliances can disguise his limitations, but as Songz begins to push into more interesting territory there’s a teasing feeling he’s got a better album in him yet. Ultimately though, this one is a step up, its maker beginning to lean towards representing the sentiments of the men he stands for, developing a voice currently missing in RnB.
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