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(3.5 stars) Songz In Trey Minor!
on September 6, 2005
This 20-year-old Virginian has the same mentality most other R&B artists have had in recent memory..."I gotta make it." Really, this can be applied to any music genre, but it seems like the R&B world suffers more than any of the other formats. It's almost heartbreaking when you think about the potentially long-term careers that could have been established from well deserving artists like Deborah Cox, Zhane, and Rahsaan Patterson. There are so many others like Will Downing, Dave Hollister, Kenny Lattimore, and Chante Moore that have had extensive careers but with little notoriety. Trey Songz hopes to break the mold and not fall into either category with his debut album I Gotta Make It.
Although a newcomer, Trey Songz has a lot of things working for him on this album. He enlists the help of Twista on his debut single "Gotta Make It" to give some definition to his style. He continues his love for R&B and Hip-Hop on the Scott Storch-assisted "All The Ifs In the World," the upbeat club song "Just Wanna Cut," and the track "Your Behind," a song penned by Donell Jones. When listening to the album, it actually sounds like a couple songs could have been written by or featured on an album by Donell Jones, namely "Hatin' Love" and "Kinda Lovin." But it's no secret who Trey's favorite artist is. When you listen to songs like "I Gotta Go," "From A Woman's Hand," or "Make Love Tonight," you'll feel like you're listening to an album by R Kelly. These two trends can become devastating to an artist trying to build up his own abilities of becoming a standout superstar.
Despite these comparisons, Trey still sings with conviction and does it well. And songs like the seductive "In The Middle," the insightful "Cheat On You," and the delightful "Comin' For You" all sound like no one else but Trey. If you can get past the similarities, you'll really enjoy this album. But Trey might want to stick to originality when it comes to establishing a career for himself...or else he could easily be lost in the shuffle.