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REVIEW: Trey Songs Album – ‘Chapter V’

REVIEW: Trey Songs Album – ‘Chapter V’

There are few artists today that can honestly say they’ve remained popular, consistently sold records, and had a career untarnished by lies or scandal. Trey Songz is one of said artists. Regarded as one of the few classic R&B singers left, it might be fair to call him the last of a dying breed.

Having recorded with everyone from Drake and Nicki Minaj to Aretha Franklin and Usher, and with friends in high places – P. Diddy and Jay-Z, he’s quite literally the industry go-to-guy and one of the only male vocalists still singing R&B, as opposed to R&B/dance that has seen the likes of Chris Brown, Usher and Ne-Yo switch genres for.

Back with his fifth offering, the aptly titledChapter V, Songz seems to have stepped into a realm where adults dwell and babymaking music stands at the centre of attention. Gone have the teen pop crossover joints – a couple of party tracks remain being that he’s still a bottle-popping night owl, and replacing them are a host of audio aphrodisiacs for the grown and sexy.

With track titles that read like a musical Kama Sutra, songs such as ‘Panty Wetter’ and ‘Dive In’ do exactly as they say on the tin. Looking to impress your woman? The two aforementioned offerings plus candles and massage oils are guaranteed to do the trick. While the titles may not mirror the same sexually charged subject matters as their predecessors, ‘Forever Yours’ and ‘Simply Amazing’ are another pair that will make your girl weak at the knees – the latter hears Songz really push his vocals with well-rounded key changes as standard.

Usually a sucker for a feature, Chapter V sees only a select few make the cut. T.I. appears on the album’s second single ‘2 Reasons’, Young Jeezy and Lil’ Wayne jump on the average at best ‘Hail Mary’, while man of the moment Rick Ross lays down a few lines on the mid-tempo ‘Don’t Be Scared’. The only other feature sees both Meek Mill and Diddy pop up on one of the project’s strongest moments, ‘Check Me Out’. While not a slow jam, the chime-heavy hypnotic smash proves that R&B club bangers don’t need David Guetta featured to appeal to the masses and are far from dead.

Showing growth as far as vocal arrangements go, ‘Pretty Girls Lie’ stands head and shoulders above the rest. The delicate slice of production, courtesy of J-Kits, Daryl Camper and Troy Taylor, features an underlining non-stop piano riff that tugs at the heartstrings and plays the perfect backdrop to Songz’s cold tale of dishonesty within a beautiful exterior.

With powerful vocals, a change in subject matters, and a more mature selection of instrumentals, Trey Songz has proved he’s able to craft an album with an adult outlook – there are even a few moments throughout Chapter V that hear him come off sounding like a modern day R. Kelly (circa 1998). While not as catchy or complete as 2009’s Ready, this is easily the second best offering of the Virginia singer/songwriter’s career.


August 24th, 2012

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