Atlanta R&B singer-producer The-Dream can’t seem to craft a song without inserting a “Hey!”, “Eh-eh” or “Radio killa” in it.
And the amazing thing is, as redundant as that is, as redundant as he is — topicwise, boring he absolutely is not.
That was evident two years ago when he and fellow Atlantan Christopher “Tricky” Stewart made Rihanna’s inescapable No. 1 hit “Umbrella.” Then Terius “The-Dream” Nash stepped from behind the production board and released his gold-selling 2007 solo debut “Love Hate.”
Now he’s back with a whole album basically about wooing women and what he wants to do with them— spilling over with those “Heys” and “Eh-ehs” — that, still, may be the best R&B disc to come out this year.
That may be because “Love vs. Money” is reminiscent of one of the best (and similarly sex-minded) R&B discs of 1993, R. Kelly’s “12 Play.” (And he almost acknowledges as much on track No. 13, “Kelly’s 12 Play.”)
Again, the whole disc is one or two cohesive thoughts sung over 14 songs distinguished by a typically-fun appearance from rapper Kanye West (“Walkin’ On The Moon”); a more winning contribution from singer Mariah Carey than much on her last album (“My Love”); and the kind of slinky, synth-heavy production range (“Fancy”), humor (“Put It Down”) and way with a hook, that — “Hey!” The-Dream just may have enough ammunition here to make him a “Radio killa” throughout 2009.
Planning to get it tomorrow? What did you think of his debut, “Love Hate”?