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Review: Trey Songz's 'Trigga' excels when commitment questions arise

Trey Songz's 'Trigga'


There's a strong possibility that women around Trey Songz's age (29) may not hear his sixth album the way younger ladies would. With age comes wisdom. However, there's no confirmation on just when someone decides to settle down. In the case of this 29-year-old lady's man, clearly settling for one woman doesn't sound like the master plan. And for girls with the same mindset, this will be just fine with them.

Recording artist Trey Songz performs onstage during the Trey Songz iHeartRadio Album Release Party at the iHeartRadio Theater on June 30, 2014 in Burbank, Calif.
Photo by Kevin Winter

In an AP review written by Melanie J. Sims, the reviewer said, "Shuffle through the tracks on 'Trigga' and while there's plenty of fun, there's almost zero evidence that Songz's created something that would make his latest album more memorable than the five preceding it."

And the 2014 CD does have the same commitment phobic theme that the 2005 first release "I Gotta Make It" did. "Ur Behind" is as flirty as "Cake." "Just Wanna Cut" is about even with "Touchin, Lovin." "Cheat On You" has the same uh-oh appeal of "Smartphones."

He's gotten even more attractive than his already naturally appealing features in his early 20s. He shed the braids, lifted some weights and kept the killer smile. But 13 songs about one-night stands and being a player gets repetitive quickly. "Disrespectful, "Mr. Steal Your Girl" and "Dead Wrong" contradict each other and may make listeners wonder which side of the argument he's on. What's the point of wagging a finger about her ex or the next when he appears to want to be just as replaceable? Even lyrics and features from Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber are easily forgettable and not worth listening to twice.

The growth in his singing voice is easily most apparent on "SmartPhones" where he hits all the marks in higher registers. But this is another player's anthem. The only difference is it's also a warning to butt dialers.

"Change Your Mind" sounds like Trey's running a bunch of game, but a couple of lyrics stick out on this one: "You never had a one night only/But you don't need to be lonely/Come get to know me/Let me change your mind."

Now these lyrics could work both ways. She could get to know him and vice versa, and maybe they'll mesh well. This is a lovely start-up to a date. The problem is the chorus is about "pretty girls all around the world" so it's possible he's repeating these lines to any attractive female worth stroking.

However, he pulls out the big guns with two songs buried at the end of the album: "Yes, No, Maybe" and "Y.A.S."

On "Yes, No, Maybe," he reflects on his own mistakes -- talking reckless to a woman who he apparently considered girlfriend potential. From first listen, this may sound like the 11th song cheering on the goal to be forever single. However, the repeated apologies and lyrics like "but when you're in love with someone you come running, running back, I'm running, running back" show signs of maturity that "Heart Attack" on his 2012 CD "Chapter V" did.

On "Y.A.S.," he must admit that he was too used to hearing "yes" and was baffled when his lady friend finally snapped and told him, "You ain't [expletive]." Minus the questionable whining about why he hasn't taken her shopping (was this for random attire?), this is one of the few to listen carefully to. Apparently this was a weed-smoking friend who liked to get sexed down every once in awhile. As with most sex buddies, she caught feelings. He claims he did not. But it still leaves listeners wondering why does he care so much that she thinks he's nothing when so many other girls think he's everything. Could her opinion about him matter more than he's letting on?

"Love Around the World" sounds like it needs a public service announcement for condoms. "What's Best For You" is a convenient way of excusing himself from a relationship to play the field. "I Know (Can't Get Back)" is a borderline cowardly way to blame fans for his disinterest in a relationship. When a guy really wants to be in a relationship, he'll be in one and fans will be forced to accept it.

The problem with the album isn't necessarily a problem to everybody. He appears unphased by any woman trying to get close. Sex is on the brain, and that's about it. For those looking for just that, "Trigga" is a quick hit. For listeners looking for as much as the girl in "Y.A.S.," it may be pleasurable for a second but it's a miss in the long run.

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