Release Date: Nov 23, 2009
Record label: Cash Money
Borrowing the best bits of his 2008 U.K. release My Own Way while adding a handful of new tracks, All or Nothing is R&B singer Jay Sean’s big play for American success. Released by Birdman and Lil Wayne’s Cash Money label, the album ushers Sean into a new realm of slickness with the widescreen love song “Down,” plus the ridiculously infectious “Do You Remember,” which bounces along with dancehall superstar Sean Paul and the King of Crunk, Lil Jon.
Jay Sean's third album is already out in the US, reflecting his star status there: the single Down was the first by a British Asian artist to reach No 1 in the Billboard chart, which was achieved through the device of sounding as American as it's possible for a Londoner to do. (Lil Wayne's yappy guest rap probably didn't hurt, either.) All Or Nothing has also been calibrated to appeal to R&B fans across the Atlantic, with little in Sean's keening, Akonish vocal to suggest that the singer was raised in Hounslow. The only signs of Britishness are the drum'n'bass foundations of If I Ain't Got You and a duet with ex-Sugababe Keisha Buchanan on Far Away – a performance of such weediness that it could only be by two Brits.