Chapter V

Chapter V

by Trey Songz
     
 

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Not all of the developments on Trey Songz' fifth album are positive. The singer has never been too proud to release shamelessly crude club music, and "2 Reasons" manages to outdo earlier hits "Say Aah" and "Bottoms Up" to the point of being parody-proof. Forty seconds in, Trey proclaims "I only came for the bitches and the drinks," repeats the phrase over 20 times,…  See more details below

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Not all of the developments on Trey Songz' fifth album are positive. The singer has never been too proud to release shamelessly crude club music, and "2 Reasons" manages to outdo earlier hits "Say Aah" and "Bottoms Up" to the point of being parody-proof. Forty seconds in, Trey proclaims "I only came for the bitches and the drinks," repeats the phrase over 20 times, and follows "Baby, get your glass up" with -- guess what -- "Baby, get your ass up." It's the pop-R&B equivalent of Gangstalicious' "I Got Shot" (which was a pointed spoof). Trey can deflect the criticism by pointing at its commercial success; before Chapter V was released, the song was in the Top Ten of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. It joined the album's first single, "Heart Attack" -- a bleepy/weepy ballad delivered with relatable and convincing conviction. Not many artists can achieve the same level of success with such contrasting material. Even fewer under-30 R&B vocalists bother to temper boasts of bedroom aptitude by singing about what they can do for -- rather than to -- their women. That's one advantage Trey has over the majority of his peers, as heard in "Forever Yours": "I hope she tell me what she want, just so I can do whatever she says." Just as significant, the contemporaries who might call him soft for such a line probably aren't clever enough to come up with something as slyly tough as "And no, it ain't my crib, but I'm comin' home/Daddy's little girl, I'm-a treat you like you're grown." "Playin' Hard" and "Fumble," introspective and self-critical, are two of the album's most resonant songs and provide more depth, even though the sentiments are probably fleeting. Those who tire of the coarse metaphors, disrobing scenes, and "panty wetter" talk can get lost in the sleek, layered work of Troy Taylor and his associates. The snaking rhythms are just as remarkable as the hypnotic synthesizer textures.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2012
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678826191
catalogNumber:
532404
Rank:
34806

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Trey Songz   Primary Artist,Vocals
Troy Taylor   Bass,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards
Dwayne Nesmith   Keyboards
Chuck Gibson   Guitar
Rico Love   Vocals,Background Vocals
Phillip Peterson   Strings
Matt Prime   Guitar,Keyboards
Ty$   Guitar
Cameron Chambers   Guitar
Sevyn Streeter   Vocals

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Eric Hudson   Composer,Producer
Kyle Stewart   Composer
Troy Taylor   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Additional Production
Robert Williams   Composer
Tony Rey   Vocal Engineer
Lady G   Composer
Benny Blanco   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Anthony Daniel   Engineer
Kevin Liles   Management
Jo Jo Brim   Management
John Hanes   Engineer
Pierre Medor   Engineer
Dwayne Nesmith   Composer,Programming,Producer
Chuck Gibson   Composer
Ezekiel Lewis   Composer
Trey Songz   Executive Producer
Rico Love   Composer,Producer
Philip Cook   Programming
Wayne Carter   Composer
Carolyn Tracey   Package Production
Nick Bilardello   Art Direction
Matt Prime   Composer,Programming,Producer
Christopher Umana   Composer,Producer
John McGee   Composer,Producer
Tremaine Neverson   Composer
Edrick Miles   Composer,Producer
Jay Jenkins   Composer
Tyrone Griffin   Composer
Benjamin Levin   Composer
Clifford Harris   Composer
William Roberts   Composer
Darius Barnes   Producer
Thurston McCrea   Engineer
Teemu Brunila   Composer
Jerren "J-Kits" Spruill   Composer,Producer,Additional Production
Zach Steele   Engineer
Ty$   Additional Production
Menardini Timothee   Composer
Dionne Harper   Marketing
Jerren Spruill   Composer
Skyy Stylez   Producer
Nate Welch   Composer
Najja McDowell   Composer
Josh Garrison   Composer,Producer
Brandon "Bei Maejor" Green   Composer
Alex Neverson   Composer,Producer
Alagy Sanneh   Composer,Producer
Sean Fenton   Composer
Darhyl "DJ" Camper   Composer,Producer

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