Likes: Bottoms Up, Can’t Be Friends, Please Return My Call, Made to Be Together, Unfortunate
Dislikes: Red Lipstick (ABSOLUTLEY HATED IT!), Love Faces, Massage
Overall: It’s a watered down version of its predecessor, “Ready.” Save your money and space on your computer.
“Passion, Pain and Pleasure” is Trey Songz’s follow up to the ever popular “Ready” album (which featured “I Invented Sex” and “Say Aah”), and instead of the project taking Trey to the next level and expounding on what made “Ready” great, it hit a plateau and ended up sounding like a watered-down version of its predecessor. There were several points where I felt like I was listening to reject tracks from “Ready.” The lack of artistic growth, development and experimentation is aggravating. Songz essentially released the same album twice, which is only my first issue with this record. My second issue is the elementary lyrical writing. The writing is almost TOO simplistic and the analogies and metaphors fail to be mentally stimulating. Furthermore, I’ve grown weary of Songz’s musical approach to sex. He’s still relying on the same immature, “boy’s locker-room”, “I’m hitting on a hoe instead of lady” language that he’s previously used. Time to grow up, Trey. You’re almost 26. Time to step up your game and have a little more sensuality/class and a little less club-talk. I think his female audience is letting him get away with this because he’s good-looking and the songs always SOUND sensual. The music has the feel of a “grown and sexy baby-maker,” but the lyrics never match. Which brings me to production: The production is great on this album, but it loses its savor because it doesn’t have stellar lyrics to support it. Trey is always missing something for me. The songs are always catchy and/or alluring, but it ends with the sound. This album is basically not worth your auditory consumption, especially if you already own “Ready.”