RTrey Songz has a new album out entitled, Chapter V. Kai succinctly sums it up as: lacking depth, showing no growth, if anything, regressing creatively as an artiste. Scathing review but, as a fan, probably even stan simply put, I'm beyond devastated by this lackluster release of an album.
It has been three years since I last bought his album 'Ready', which I dearly cherish. His excessive sex laced theme in subsequent albums and mixtapes, ensured a self-induced three year long fast from his music. There was a creativity void that I was looking for him to fill, of which,judging from his latest efforts, he hasn't.
I randomly came across his announcement of a new album release on twitter two days ago, and my heart flattered a little. It was sort of like a reunion of a first love that never died. We were both willing to reconnect and give the relationship a second shot. Yap! It was all good until my hopes were shattered into tiny little microscopic mini hearts after taking a listen, prompting me to scratch my head in wonderment and ask Were we ever meant to be, or I should completely let go? Find out why this fan, is non too pleased with his latest work of
disaster oops, excuse me, art.
Chapter V opens with some abandoned haunted house ghost sounds, which are as stale as last year’s potato bread. Trey keeps emphasizing the importance of the girl being ready for some scintillating sex. Nothing special, just the usual content we’ve become accustomed to. *Yawn*
[Hold up wait a minute]———–>This sets the stage for Ms. EY to totally zone out into lala land for at least the better introduction phase of the album, with bouts of maybe, here and there.
Dive In and Panty Wetter: Both quickly follow up on the same topic, albeit with more elaborate and graphic descriptors of Trey making waves in your body. *Shivers* (smh!) The production on PW is absolutely lackluster and not memorable, at all. It is a bad Panty Dropper wanna be song. [Thanks Kai, for that!]
Heartache: Hope for the future of this album on store shelves is restored, courtesy of this song. A more up beat tempo, and somewhat better lyricism, that deviates from sex is given audience. Initially, I thought this was a club song due to the tempo. Turned out that he is singing about love, and not in an inpassing sort of dismissive nature like in some of his other songs. Somebody has broken his heart, and he is all cried out. Ya’ll better listen to this joint right here!
Playing Hard: Seems to have moved on from his last heartache. He has managed to got another one, and basically he is fessing up of being sick of playing hard while he is hurting, after their break up. The pompous lifestyle is just a facade. He hasn’t really moved on. Jesus! This boy is fast. Kai [states that he is coming from a real place with this song, not like the other generic foolishness about sex]
2 Reasons (feat T.I.): Ya’ll better be on your tippy toes, as Trey jumps from realness in a matter of minutes, and dips into the club life-again, with bitches and a drink. This is basically the recycled version of ‘Say Aah‘ [Kai]. The beat is catchy and will have you dancing up a storm. I just did not like the fact that women are being referred to as bad bitches. Urrrgh! Which infers that he was in the club looking for some poom poom-nothing more, nothing less. Degrading on all levels. Which woman in their right mind wants to be referred to using the ‘b’ word? Semantics-Oh, I know about them, but this song ain’t about that, it’s clear.
Hail Mary (feat. Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne): My initial thoughts of this song were rooted in blasphemy, but I soldiered on and listened hoping I was wrong. I listened, and listened, and listened some more, until Kai saved me from my desperate attempts of letting ya’ll decide for yourselves. She thinks its another sex song. I think there’s more to this song than just sex. Not fully convinced but I do have to say the lyrics do lend credence to that school of thought.
Don’t Be Scared (feat Rick Ross): Rick Ross’s grunt awoke me from imminent misery. This joint was weird in that, it tittered between vanity, shallowness and deepness. In it, he tells his object of affection to not be scared and take a chance with him, with a full on disclaimer not to have any expectations of him settling down. Basically, just have fun with me baby, go with the flow. Oi. Folks. This is weird. The transitions are killing me. We went from Hail Mary, touchdowns, doing 69er’s and scoring, to now, for lack of a better term, free falling into a ‘relationship’. *eyes wide open*
Pretty Girls Lie: Somehow, somewhere Trey finds it in him to get back to his R&B roots, and gives us this banger of a song. Slow, with soulfully stirring lyrics-very introspective. He talks about a woman who grew up without her daddy, now in the business of breaking hearts. In it, he croons his disbelief in being blinded by an angel’s face-with lipstick and a smile
Bad Decisions: In terms of rhythm, this is more subtle. I think it is a continuation of a fragmented story that I can’t tell you how and when it began. I’m guessing after the pretty girls situation, he got his revenge by breaking the heart of his beloved- by making a bad decision-cheating. This song, actually picks up on the 3:03 mark, and pretty much sails through to a beautiful ballad of a man regretting his past decision(s). Simply put he is reminiscing of letting go of a beautiful thing, all because he fucked up.
Forever Yours: The intro of this song, reminds me of Dubai, sand dunes, with the wind softly whistling in the background in the evening. Weird, but errm that’s what came to mind! It is the best sex song on the album. He shut it down! Why? It is not immediately apparent what he is talking about. It is tastefully done! Yes, I see babies being made to this here in the future.
[Hold up, wait a minute: This is the most unnecessary interlewd I’ve ever come across. Waste of album space]. An interlude serves as a precursor of what to expect. This one failed utterly in establishing ground. You will soon see why.
Fumble: This song starts with promise, as Trey explores his RnB roots and holds out to the very end. He is talking about that ride or die chick that held him down from the get go. Unfortunately, he is bad news as he fumbles her heart and admits to not having played his part in the relationship. What I liked about this, is that he shows us his vulnerability as a man.
Without a Woman: Sounds like something R.Kelly would write and/or sing. So, I guess he fumbled and saw his previous wrong doings, hence now singing about the prowess of the woman and why fellas can’t live without us. Life would never be the same, without a woman he softly croons. This was an a-okay joint. Due to the confused arrangement on this album, I find my moods listening to the album all fucked up. One minute, I’m clubbing, the other sexing, next we finding a mate. Urrrrgh. A seamless flow of some sort of story line, lacks greatly and for that reason, I did not enjoy this song as I’m guessing I should have. Taking into consideration the lyrical content is above par.
Interlude 4U: Another unnecessary waste of album space.
Simply Amazing: This! Aiyaiyai, I don’t even know what to say. Genius. This is a soft rock ballad that is just simply amazing, from the lyrics and transition from previous number minus the interlude. He finally found her! The girl of his dreams. There is a lot of serenity, a sense of completeness! Love it.
Never Again: Oh niiiiiiiiice!! Was my initial remark. Kai [That song is old school] Yaaaaaaaaaaap! Not much to be said about this one, other than it seems the relationship has fizzled out to him never seeing her again. Oh well!
Check Me Out (feat. Diddy and Meek Mill): Shoot me! What the fuck?!??!?!??!?!??!?
There’s nothing left to say other than, I’m still holding on to hope that the Trey Songz once full of ambition and lyrical content for days will make a comeback. I’m still a fan/stan, and wish him all the very best!! If he goes, platinum/gold/ruby/emerald-whatever, best believe this chica will still be rooting for him, especially if he wins that elusive Grammy. Wish him nothing but success and creativity for new material that runs away from sex, and embraces beautiful opportunities like Simply Amazing!! On a scale of 1/10,he got a 2.
- Chapter V
- Dive In
- Panty Wetter
- Heart Attack
- Playing Hard
- 2 Reasons (feat T.I.)
- Hail Mary (feat Young Jeezy & Lil Wayne)
- Don’t Be Scared (feat Rick Ross)
- Pretty Girl’s Lie
- Bad Decisions
- Forever Yours
- Inside Interlewd
- Without a Woman
- Interlude 4U
- Simply Amazing
- Never Again
- Check Me Out (feat. Diddy & Meek Mill)