Raunchy smash ”Birthday Sex” is the catchiest tune on this 21-year-?old’s debut, but it’s got competition from all the other hit-worthy R&B hooks on Jeremih. Chances are Jeremih will be celebrating for many a birthday to come. B+.
There's more to Jeremih's debut album than "Birthday Sex," a bedroom ballad that became a major summertime crossover hit a la J. Holiday's "Bed." Outside of the startlingly direct delivery of its title and the stuttering effect that comes into play whenever Jeremih sings lines like "I know you want to cry-y-y out" and "Girl you know I-I-I" -- a twist on the-Dream's oft-deployed stammer -- "Birthday Sex" is a basic but ingratiating slow jam built over Mick Schultz's gently rocking lullaby beat, rather "Bed"-like. Schultz, who met the singer in college, produces the whole album.