On his third album, Trey Songz really hits his stride as a songwriter. His style is still very hook-heavy and playful - evidenced on LOL :-) and Neighbors Know My Name - but he also shows a more developed, mature side, as on the moving Black Roses and the cautionary anthem (and Drake collab) Successful. [rssbreak] The production is top-notch, too, with almost an 80s soundtrack vibe.
Three albums in and Trey Songz still sounds like he was raised in a bizzaro land where all music was based on the teachings of R. Kelly. From his cool delivery to his unashamed lyrics -- first line on the album: "This one here's a panty dropper" -- he's a time-warp version of Kelly, one just entering his mid-twenties with a more excusable, though just as excessive, horniness.
Trey Songz is the most frustrating R&B star to emerge this decade. He possesses a piercing tenor and an instantly recognizable vocal presence, something his contemporaries (from Mario to Chris Brown to Ne-Yo) probably wish they had. And when he has material to match his voice, he is peerless. “Gotta Go”, from his debut album, was the most effortlessly soulful pop song to emerge from the recent crop of millennial R&B new jacks.