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Review: Trey Songz, 'Tremaine the Album'

His three-year hiatus seems to have paid off.

Tremaine Aldon Neverson is back. After a three-year hiatus following his last LP Trigga, Trey has finally released his new 15-track effort, Tremaine the Album, and fans couldn't be more ecstatic. Giving them even more of a treat, Trey hosted an exclusive meet-and-greet last week (March 24) at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, N.Y. where hundreds of fans lined up to get an autographed copy of the album and a personal greeting from Trey himself.

Last year, Trey told Billboard about his clear intentions for the album, saying, "I got a very much distinctive vision for how I want it to be taken in. The visuals, the audio, the pictures, everything. It’s a plan for it. I think that nowadays music is so like fast food, in content in general. Everybody takes everything in so fast and then they’re on to the next thing, so I want to figure out how to hold people’s attention.”

Fueled by singles including "Animal," "Playboy" and "Song Goes Off," Trey indulges fans with his smooth R&B style and vocals, powered with his usual theme of love, sex, and passion. Throughout the album, Trey expresses his feelings on finding true love and slowly wanting to change his playboy ways. Trey delivers a much more mature sound in which fans will be appreciative of. He accounts his fair share of heartbreak and the ups and downs of relationships, making every song on the album relatable to many who have experienced the same, male or female.

Trey signing album for a fan at Rough Trade NYC.
Trey signing album for a fan at Rough Trade NYC.

"Come Over" is one of my favorites off the album. With a catchy hook to accompany, this song will definitely be a repeat on every playlist. "Playboy" is a slow, sensual jam featuring Trey's high-pitched vocals and, playing off of his relationship theme, the song speaks of his desire to find real love and forsake his player ways. "The Sheets... Still" is similar and sees him venting about the glam and glitz of his life, while "Animal" has a catchy chorus with a heavy drum beat and exotic vibe corresponding to the title of the song. "1x1" also holds the crown as one of my favorites, immediately catching you with a fast upbeat tempo followed with an electronic sounding rhythm that'll get you doing a little two-step.

Trey's three-year hiatus seems to have paid off. This album leaves you with an array of emotions, but most importantly leaves you yearning for more.

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