Review Roundup: Trey Songz – ‘Chapter V’

Chapter V

Trey Songz masters the art of seduction once again on his fifth album Chapter V, in stores and online now. The 27-year-old heartthrob calls on a star-studded cast of collaborators including Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, T.I., Meek Mill, Diddy, and Rick Ross, with production from Rico Love, Benny Blanco, Stargate, Troy Taylor, and more. The ladies love him, but did the critics fall for his charm? Find out below.

The New York Times: On Chapter V, one of his most consistently strong albums, he begins to explore life on the other side. That’s clear from the moist single “Dive In,” in which he deploys a light and lovely falsetto that’s reminiscent of Usher, even though the quaver in his voice elsewhere on the song is pure R. Kelly.

USA Today: Songz has a knack for revving up the libido with smooth pillow talk and sly suggestions, and he doesn’t disappoint here. 3/4

Los Angeles Times: In the sparkling “Dive In,” produced by his longtime creative partner Troy Taylor, he takes a rather generous view of a pool boy’s duties, while “Forever Yours” presents Songz as a selfless expert in wish-fulfillment. 2.5/4

The Washington Post: Songz is back with his signature blend of soft-core imagery and sweet nothings. In fact, Chapter V highlights Songz’s unique role in R&B: He bridges the gap between sexless boy bands and unromantic raunchy singers, between young guys who sing shallow songs about strip clubs and old guys who sing heavy songs about their divorces.

Newsday: Trey Songz seemingly wants to please everyone on Chapter V. … It’s the kind of pandering you’d expect from a newbie on Chapter 1, but for Chapter 5, it’s just lame hedging. B-

The Boston Globe: Even though Songz’s latest chapter in his ongoing book of seduction doesn’t offer many fresh insights, it does solidify his status as one of contemporary R&B’s supreme lovermen.

Rap-Up’s Favorite Tracks: “Dive In,” “Heart Attack,” “Fumble,” “Simply Amazing”



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40 Comments

  1. wil

    “Almost Lose It” is the most beautiful song on this album

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    Young Pereezy YMCMB-MMG Reply:

    @wil, Yeah, I’m feelin’ this track. Hail Mary, check me out, dive in, and forever yours are great songs too, in general the whole album is Great. Trigga-The RnB King.

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    Paris L. Reply:

    @wil, “Fumble” is everything

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    BEY_ASHANTI Reply:

    @Paris L., yesssss fumble is the shit, and playin hard like yessssss

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  2. Vitty

    pretty girls lie and heart attack are the best songs on the album

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  3. Ice

    As a big fan of Trey’s other albums, I would have to say that this is his worst. “Dive In” is 100% the best track on the album and it shows Trey at his best. If he’s not talking about sex, Trey is pretty boring to listen to.

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  4. yooo

    This album is whatever to me. Ne-Yo was def right that there is an emotional disconnect whenever Trigga steps up to the mic. Not 2 say Neyo is any better, but he makes a valid point. Simply Amazing is Trey’s stab at crossover which ends up sounding like a throwaway track from bruno mars or adam levine. 2 Reasons is probably the dumbest song I’ve ever heard, even though its 100% true lol. If he is the ONE that is holding down RnB then we are screwed.

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  5. DrakeTakeCare

    first of all…@ wil ur fkkin right “ALMOST LOSE IT” is fire and one of the best songs he ever made

    although this ALBUM is the best trey songz i’ve ever heard..it’s like i love like every record on it! and that’s the trey i wanna hear…he always got so much potential and now he sproves it..that’s my opinion!!!!
    CHAPTER V SUPPORT..
    ohh…three great musicians brown,usher & songz
    1. Trey Songz
    2. Chris Brown
    3. Usher that’s my list of their albums this year…started with ushers strong album which i really loved followed by christopher and trey, great RNB!

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    Juicy Duh Reply:

    @DrakeTakeCare, this is not the best ALBUM by trey its better than his last one but not the best!!!

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    Yogi Reply:

    @DrakeTakeCare, Frank Ocean’s album demolishes all 3

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    Kalin Reply:

    @Yogi, Now that’s true!!!

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  6. GeorgiaGirl

    This chapter V album is a step up from the PPP album in my opinion. He has more songs that are not based on sex which makes this album better. This album goes from play-skip-play to just play when you get to track 9 (Pretty Girls Lie) down to the last track outro Chapter V (not including the bonus tracks). Favorite tracks – Fumble, Without A Woman, Simply Amazing, Never Again, Pretty Girls Lie & Bad Decisions.
    Not so favorite tracks – 2 Reasons, Hail Mary, Ladies Go Wild
    This is a solid effort from Trey but if you are a new fan of his music (like myself) and you are judging the album based on the singles released thus far they can deter you from purchasing the album. I wanted to get the album to hear it for myself and I would rate it: B-

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  7. koko

    forever yours is d best on d album

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  8. Miles

    not a bad album… just the same old.I liked a couple songs. Trey Songz is extremely overrated IMO. he’s not bad, just overrated

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  9. KyleVsDaWorld

    I Dnt Give A Fuck Wat Yall Talking About But This Is His Best Album Since “READY”.. My Fave Tracks Are: Fumble, Without A Woman, Simple Amazing, Never Again,Heart Attack, Dive In, Panty Witter and Bad Decisions…

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    Juicy Duh Reply:

    @KyleVsDaWorld, i dont agree with some of the song choices but it is his best album since ready

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  10. Young Pereezy YMCMB-MMG

    N**gas, Chapter 5 is the Rnb album of the last 5 years… Go Get ‘em King-Trigga.

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    trillafood Reply:

    @Young Pereezy YMCMB-MMG, a lie from the pits of hell.

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    Yasmine Reply:

    @trillafood, It’s a troll, just like MinajRules2012. Please don’t feed it.

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  11. Young Pereezy YMCMB-MMG

    King Trigga
    King Trigga
    King Trigga
    King Trigga
    King Trigga
    King Trigga
    King Trigga
    King Trigga
    King Trigga
    King Trigga
    King Trigga
    King Trigga
    Chapter 5- Classic
    Chapter 5- Classic
    Chapter 5- Classic
    F**k what Yall Haters say
    F**k what Yall Haters say

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  12. Lauren

    “Forever Yours” & “Don’t Be Scared” are my two favorite tracks.

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  13. Dreamteam

    This is probobly Trey Songz best album. Dive In, Heart Attack, Dont Be Scared, Pretty Girl Lie, Fumble are my favorites. And an album that has 19 tracks thats not even a Deluxe LP is upresidented in todays music industry most artists only have 12-13.

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    Juicy Duh Reply:

    @Dreamteam, Not best album listen to Trey day

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    Ice Reply:

    @Juicy Duh, TRUTH, Trey Day doesn’t recieve enough credit!

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  14. King Size

    Did y’all catch the Chris Brown and Usher shade from the Washington post?

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    Frankie Reply:

    @King Size, YESSSS….I died!!! They are so right though lmao…and the “sexless boy bands” shade screams One Direction! Unromantic raunchy singers, though … who could that be?

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    Quentin Reply:

    @Frankie, Sexless boy bands = Mindless Behavior. LOL!!

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  15. Juicy Duh

    I love Trey Songz i been a fan since “Gotta Make It”. “Trey Day” is by far the best Album if you really a trey fan than you will know that but i do love “Ready” I hated “PPP” didn’t like one song on that album so that’s y i was looking forward to “Chapter 5″ because i needed my baby back. “Chapter 5″ is a nice album better than “PPP” 100%. My favorite songs are

    1. Fumble
    2. Playing Hard
    3. Pretty Girls Lie
    4. Bad Decisions

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  16. Kyle

    I loved his first album and I bought “Trey Day” but I haven’t bought one of his albums since. I feel like all his stuff sounds the same on every album.

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  17. Adrienne

    His first album, evidently, will always be my favorite.

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    Renee Reply:

    @Adrienne, I agree. I hate to say this but it was the 1st and only cd I bought of his and I bought it three different times. I still listen to it to this day.

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  18. TheDreamer

    I loved the album. Only songs that weren’t so good were 2 Reasons, Hail Mary, Check Me Out and Ladies Go Wild. ‘Almost Lose It’ on the deluxe is the best song though. Also Without a Woman, Fumble and Dive In are great songs too. I give the album 3.5/5.

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  19. j to The B down to the Dear Sorreey

    There gonna be a Chapter 6 on his next album

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  20. Chiare

    Dis album was da shiettttttttt…..
    Yea the best songs on da album
    Hail Mary
    Playin Hard
    Bad Decisions
    Pretty Girls Lie
    Don’t Be Scared

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  21. Yaasss

    I really enjoyed this album. I think that this and Channel Orange are the best RnB albums released this year. But I do like CHapter V more, and Channel Orange for unsay evenings when I drink a glass of wine. I really don’t need any other RnB album. Maybe when Miguel drops his.

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  22. K3N3volution

    I think Channel Orange eats this album alive period! I also feel that it is the same typical tracks expected from Trey Songz. Ready was truthfully in my opinion Trey Songz best album. I feel like Trey is highly over rated and can definitely use some vocal lessons to broaden his vocals another octave because a lot of the vocal rifts are running on the same frequency and lasting the same amount of time. Trey Songz is also very emotionally disconnected from his ballads because of his lack of ability to show empathy in his record. Writing is flawless however it all has been done before and as a singer that is 5 albums in he needs to diversify his choice of topic. There is more to life then sex and the fast life! Channel Orange by Frank Ocean was not only unexpected but it also demonstrated the wonderful vocal range and verbrado Frank Oceans voice has. In My opinion Chapter 5 is a C. Definitely solid but nothing to be blown away by.

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  23. NISH

    UM YEAH BUT TRIGGA BOUT TO BE THE #1 ALBUM ON THE BILLBOARDS !!! SO HAPPY FOR HIM HE DESERVE IT !!

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  24. Unequivocally_me

    I’ve been a Trey fan since day one. I don’t think this is his best album yet. If I had to say so the underground “Anticipation 2″ shoulda been released in stores. Don’t get me wrong the album us still good but I was anticipatin much more . Best songs are Fumble, Pretty Girls Lie, Dive In, Bad decisions, and of coarse Panty Wetter…

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  25. ken

    “Gotta make it” was his best album due to his raw voice…”trey day” was the shit but not his best “ready” was very very commercial but good. Ppp was his best album as it hit everywhere and his songs “made to be together” and “red lipstick” you can just hear the desire he has and the “connection” in his music. Chapter 5 is great maybe perfect. Neyo shouldnt talk….he never sings he talk sings and thats not good for rnb…usher has fell off. Trey is on top and The-Dream is highly underated.

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  26. ken

    Album is fire… ..trey songz, the-dream, everybody else can sleep

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