Likes: Pretty Girls Lie, Without a Woman
Overall: Same old sexapalooza, nothing new or interesting. No artistic growth.
We may be on “Chapter V” with Trey Songz, but he’s still telling the same story. An almost more obnoxious take on his previous 2 albums, Songz gives us yet another dose of poorly written sex-obsessed material. The lyrics are still annoyingly literal, simple-minded and boyish, failing to be mentally stimulating, much less sexually for an adult woman. Even more unattractive is the cocky, abrasive “playboy” edge added to the content. There’s so much arrogant bravado, you have to wonder if Songz is now trying to appeal to men instead of women. For example, I’m not sure how many women you could attract with a lyric like “I only came here for 2 reasons…the bitches and the drinks” (2 Reasons). Speaking of “2 Reasons,” it musically sounds like “Say Aah” from the “Ready” album. Several of the tracks sound like recycled versions of his previous hits, which doesn’t help his case. The last half of the album tries to be a romantic and thoughtful contrast to the brassy 1st; it appears Songz is trying to tell a story of a flawed man who wasn’t smart enough to clean up his act for the right woman, but the shallow and weak lyrics don’t provide the depth. Vocally, Songz is as whiny and yodeling as ever. Considering the singer was compelled to put 18 tracks on the album, you would think he had a lot to say, but he isn’t saying anything we haven’t heard before.