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Future History
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The casual Jason Derulo fan had to be concerned by the number of singles Derulo released prior to the official release of his sophomore set Future History. Future History, unlike his debut effort Jason Derulo materialized as a full length affair as opposed to an EP. Every week it seemed iTunes (and all digital music stores) issued a new little piece of the parent album. The problem was that the 'pieces of the puzzle' seemed merely average at times. Promo single "Don't Wanna Go Home" was a hit, though not like Derulo's acclaimed #1 single "Whatcha Say." When examined as an entire entity aside from the choices or number of released singles, Future History is solid, yet it paints Derulo as a more generic artist who truly needs to define his artistic identity.

"Don't Wanna Go Home" opens the album fashionably but as implied earlier, it us a less compelling single than any of the singles from Derulo's debut. "Don't Wanna Go Home" is typical electro-dance infused R&B, but its production by The Fliptones is a bit overwrought. The cut itself lacks a "connect." Another digitally released single "It Girl" is a more promising cut and a smart contrast to the opener. Characterized by the use of acoustic guitars, "It Girl" exhibits an adult contemporary vibe and shows off Derulo's vocal prowess. Predictable, "It Girl" is solid nonetheless. "Breathing," produces by DJ Frank E is a typical Europop influenced dance cut. The cut reminds R&B fans of Chris Brown's "Yeah 3X" or "Beautiful People" from his F.A.M.E. (Deluxe Edition) album. Solid enough, "Breathing" features exceptionally honed falsetto from Derulo but is by no means the second coming.

"Be Careful" pairs Derulo back with producer J.R. Rotem, who delivers a well-crafted, piano-driven production on this sound cut. Derulo's vocals are well constructed featuring a nice rhythmic approach and solid ad libs. "Make it Up As We Go" features superb production work by The Fliptones, much more appealing than their production work on "Don't Wanna Go Home." Derulo's opening spoke word vocals are a nice touch: "We don't need a label, what we got is sexy, if you like it I love it..." "Make it Up As We Go" turns pout to be one of the elite cuts from Future History.

"Fight For You" features a typical RedOne sound, but more hip-hop driven drums buttress it. The African vibe is a nice touch, though the track falls short of revolutionary. "Pick Up the Pieces" falls short of the glory of Rotem's earlier production work on "Be Careful." While The Fliptones's third production "Givin' Up" is another glossy cut, it comes over as incredibly generic. Finally "Bleed it Out" ends a series of remarkably average/mediocre cuts that weigh this effort down a bit.

Carlos "Los" McKinney and Terius "The-Dream" Nash save the day on arguably the album's best cut "That's My Shhh." A cut that would've suited Trey Songz perfectly (even The-Dream would've slaughtered this), Derulo does a fine job of selling it, particularly with his killer falsetto. "X," another dance cut has a solid groove and production, but doesn't bring anything to the table. Closer "Dumb" is a solid cut that does a superb job of evolving to a 'fever pitch.'

Overall, Future History is solid, but not revolutionary. Derulo is talented, but he could be even greater if he could develop his own distinct personality. Future History is solid despite this, but not quite part of the top echelon of 2011.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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With his sophomore album, Future History, Jason Derulo tries to make a name for himself and cross over into something of a pop-dance area. This album is a fresh sound from the artist, with some great dance hits that have you bopping your head along with the music as you drive in the car or sit at your desk. With lots of samples from other hits of the past, like Robin S's "Show Me Love" (on the lead single, "Don't Wanna Go Home", also involving some Harry Belafonte), I couldn't help but notice how much of the album is composed of other great hits. It's somewhat distracting at times, but with poppy, catchy music, it's a fun album to listen to.

Some of my favorite tracks are "Don't Wanna Go Home", great for dancing in your seat during rush hour, and "Make It up as We Go", which has a great club feel. One let down for me was "It Girl", with lyrics that are vain and nonsensical. The strength of this album are the pulsing club sounds and beat. As long as you ignore some subpar lyrics and occasional heavy use of autotune, what you have is a pretty decent follow up album to one of my favorite albums of 2010.

Hits: "Don't Wanna Go Home", "Make It Up As We Go"
Misses: "It Girl", "Dumb"

Jason Derulo has great talent on his hands. His voice is amazing, but for his next album, I can only hope that the autotune is toned down and we get a return to the R&B that made his self-titled debut so amazing. Still, this is a pretty great album that is worth a listen.
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on June 6, 2014
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....or close to it! This album is amazing all the way thru and has amazing songs including "It Girl" and "Fight For You"! I love every song on this album, and I recommend it if you love Jason's old stuff!
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on April 5, 2014
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I enjoyed this CD and I highly recommend it. Jason is great for listening while you are working out. Get it!
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on May 15, 2013
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Jason definately has the vocals, moves and appearance of a superstar. His young R & B Pop flavor offers a variety of songs that bring balance to this release. The tracks come together like a story and say alot about the versatility of his style. He has that young Usher, It factor, and anyone who truly knows music can certainly identify the characteristics that I am referencing. Definately expecting big things from this young artist. Jordan Sparks has good taste and vice versa.
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on December 7, 2012
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Love this cd, came in good condition and i am enjoying it. i would definitely recommend for anyone so thanks
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on April 17, 2012
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I love Jason Derulo! I got both his CDs and they both are awesome! He really makes great up beat music that makes you want to dance! Keep up the great work Jason!
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This is one of my favorite CD's! Almost every song on here you would here in a club. Great sophmore album and I hope to hear more of the same from possible future albums!
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on October 25, 2011
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Jason's sophmore albumn is one to get! His voice is so beautiful,and he delievers each song full force.Alot of talent here to be reconized by music lovers.If you like Usher,Taio Cruz,Chris Brown you will love Jason Derulo.
All his songs rate a 10,wich is a must.If you are new listening to Jason,get the cd used or preview it at Amazon's MP3 downloads.
Jason is still young,so there is always room for improvement,not much needed on this cd.I think the lyrics could be just a tad bit better,other than a good disc for the car and pretty much everywhere else
Cheers
DeruloLove
Abby
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2012
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I am a Christian and prefer my children to listen to Christian music. However, there are times that I bend to allow certain music. There is some cursing but it is very little. He loves it!
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