Lessons in Love

Lessons in Love

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by Lloyd
     
 

The big lead single from Lloyd's third album, "Girls All Around the World," has a couple connections with "You," the number one R&B single from 2007's Street Love. Lil Wayne's guest roles are the most obvious similarity between the two, while "Girls All Around the World" is built around the same drum break -- the one from See more details below

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The big lead single from Lloyd's third album, "Girls All Around the World," has a couple connections with "You," the number one R&B single from 2007's Street Love. Lil Wayne's guest roles are the most obvious similarity between the two, while "Girls All Around the World" is built around the same drum break -- the one from Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers' "Ashley's Roachclip," a source for the likes of Eric B. & Rakim's "Paid in Full" and Milli Vanilli's "Girl You Know It's True," to name two of the almost countless -- used on P.M. Dawn's "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss," a song that, like "You," quoted Spandau Ballet's "True." "Girls" easily qualifies as this album's most major drawing point, fit for summer with that familiar bounding beat and breezy synth-string accents, not to mention Wayne, who can't help but humorously reference "Paid in Full." And, of course, there is Lloyd, the should-be honorary DeBarge, with his loveable wannabe-thug falsetto. Incorporating some more club-oriented material wouldn't have hurt the album, given how safe it tends to play it, filled out with gentle midtempo cuts and slow jams, much of which comes across as Street Love reheated. That becomes increasingly obvious as the tracks roll on, especially during the latter half, where two of the album's more ridiculous tracks, "Party All Over Your Body" and "Touched by an Angel," are paired together, their disparate titles and sonics belying thematic sameness (or mindlessness). And the heartfelt sentiment within the Outfield-referencing "Lose Your Love," earlier in the set, seems more of a put-on than any of Lloyd's tough-guy photo poses. "I'm Wit It," a low-slung but urgent post-Neptunes strutter, is where Lloyd really excels, flashing some vocal gymnastics, swimming and diving through the beat while balancing desperation with swagger. Between that, "Girls," and a couple other standouts, Lessons in Love cannot be dismissed, but Lloyd will have to really change it up with his fourth album to evade a real holding pattern.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Daily News - Jim Farber
The singer has also upped the ante with his character. While the last CD kept things at puppy love, now he's a full-on horndog. In "Sex Education," he gushes about trying to "get an A" in the subject. Elsewhere, he's promises to "Party All Over Your Body."

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2008
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0602517756946
catalogNumber:
001151702
Rank:
52760

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lloyd   Primary Artist
Eric Hudson   Musician
Maurice Sinclair   Drums,Keyboards
Elvis Williams   Keyboards
Lloyd Jr. Polite   Background Vocals
Jasper Cameron   Keyboards,Background Vocals
James Devon Brabham   Keyboards
Jason Perry   Strings
Allison Traylor   Guitar
John "JT" Tyler   Bass
Doug Whatley   Horn

Technical Credits

Eric Hudson   Producer
Carlton Lynn   Engineer
Sandy Brummels   Art Direction
Irv Gotti   Executive Producer
Vernon Mungo   Engineer
Ralph Cacciurri   Engineer
Henry "Noonie" Lee   Executive Producer,Management
Seth Foster   Mastering
Phenom   Producer
Adonis Stropshire   Engineer
Amber Noble   Marketing
Lloyd Jr. Polite   Executive Producer
Rico Love   Vocal Producer
Miles Walker   Engineer
Brian Kennedy   Producer
Donald Albright "D Day"   Marketing
Steve Fisher   Engineer
R.L. Huggar   Composer
Lorenzo Myles   Engineer
Chad "C Note" Roper   Engineer
Ryan Lewis   Management
O.A.K.   Producer
Polow da Don   Producer

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