Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Album Review:The-Dream; Love vs. Money


He's made a name for himself as a hit-maker for others. And he's clearly saved a few for himself.

And on The-Dream's sophomore album "Love vs. Money" he's proven himself as an artist that is here to stay.

Terius Nash [or The-Dream] is the prolific songwriter/producer that was behind Rihanna's "Umbrella," J. Holiday's "Bed," and Beyonce's "Single Ladies." He even won a Grammy for his work on Mary J. Blige's eighth album, "Growning Pains."

Quite an impressive resume'.

While it's clear he has the ability to make a laundry list of hits for some of the best in music, he certainly made sure to put some in his back pocket.

The best song on the album, "Walking on the Moon" features Kanye West, and gives you a Michael Jackson/Prince type of feel. The-Dream's squeals and hollers throughout the song fall just a little short of the King of Pop. Nonetheless, it's a hot uptempo track that while sounding like something from 80's, The-Dream gives it a modern feel.

If you're looking for some "baby-making" music look no further than "Sweat It Out," another bright spot on the album.

"Girl, call Atisha your beautician / 'cause your hair is gon' need fixin," The-Dream says as the slow jam starts. The song is basically about sharing an affectionate moment with a chick who just got her hair freshly done [or did] and then "sweats it out."

"Kelly's 12 Play" is another notable "baby-making" track on album. The song is an ode to R. Kelly's 1993 hit, "12 Play." The-Dream didn't miss the opportunity to deliver with some of those "ooo-ohhh-ohhh-ooo" hollers that R. Kelly is known for. I would say The-Dream delivered with this song and solified himself as a crooner that is capable of making songs for any occasion.

I wasn't interested in hearing The-Dream's first album because I thought he would be here today and gone tomorrow. But I think it's clear now that he isn't going anywhere.

The album is surprisingly easy to listen to all the way through. It helps when you have radio-friendly songs like "Rockin' That Shit," "My Love" featuring Mariah Carey and "Let Me See Your Booty" featuring Lil' Jon.

After all, he is the self-proclaimed "Radio Killer." A title that he has indeed earned with "Love vs. Money."

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