Trey Songz became a bonafide star last year. He released no less than six singles that turned his third album, Ready, into his commercial breakthrough and, due to their sexual nature, solidified his position as the pre-eminent sex symbol of his generation. But it was clear by the end of that run of singles that Songz was at a crossroads: either continue in the lane that he had created for himself as a young horndog or try something else.
Through the release of his third album, 2009’s Ready, Trey Songz appeared to be an up-and-comer poised for top-tier R&B stardom. A fast succession of three Top Ten R&B singles later, that promise was fulfilled. Rather than squeeze every drop from Ready and take a break or open a clothing boutique, Trey chose to build on his momentum. The week Passion, Pain & Pleasure was released, he was on the R&B chart in six forms, whether as a lead or featured artist, and two of those slots were occupied by his own new singles.
Trey Songz is head and shoulders above many a lover-man peer. Mike Diver 2010 "I’m’a get you naked, baby / My love will drive you crazy." As this lyric from Doorbell illustrates, Trey Songz hasn’t strayed far from his US breakthrough album, 2009’s Ready, in terms of inspiration for this follow-up. Passion, Pain & Pleasure is very much a record for the bedroom, from the bedroom.