The-Dream will release his sophomore album Love vs. Money on Tuesday. Does it live up to the hype? Find out below.
Entertainment Weekly: That alpha-jerk machismo is mitigated somewhat by the intoxicating future-soul sonics on songs like “Right Side of My Brain.” But The-Dream’s vision of romance mostly plays like a nightmare. C+
Rolling Stone: With his second CD, the man born Terius Nash leaps into another league. There isn’t a weak song on Money; most of them are unforgettable.
4.5 out of 5
Boston Globe: Unlike his spotty debut, this is a seamless, brilliantly produced affair featuring his unmatched contemporary pop technique and songwriting craftsmanship. He’s still not the most elastic, expressive vocalist, but he is smart enough to create evocative, multilayered musical textures to buffet and bring out the best in his voice (“Right Side of My Brain”).
Rap-Up’s Favorite Tracks: “Rockin’ That Thang,” “Walkin’ on the Moon,” “My Love,” “Mr. Yeah”