Jason Derulo released his 4th studio album last May 29, 2015. Everything is 4 is a genre spectacle as Jason Derulo explores various genre to compose this album. After the worldwide hit that his 3rd Album, Talk Dirty, is. The expectation for the fourth one is quite huge, at least for my stand point. The album explores a variety of sensuality and women intent themes that you would wonder what kind of message does Jason want to give. But then, one particular thing that Jason Derulo worked pretty well is the fact that he managed to keep hook-laiden tracks on point and catchy beats that sohow stand out of the rest. The album got still some throwaway Justin Timberlake-like tunes, some Usher-lite vocal weaknesses and a lot of collaborations from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez, Meghan Trainor and Keith Urban to name some few.
Here is a track by track short review of the album:
1. WANT TO WANT ME – As we all know, this track is currently enjoying radio airplays and chart ranks. It is a pretty start for the album as it set the tone of the album as a whole. The po track is simple, nothing ballistic nor heavy. The beat is pleasant. The vocals were decent. The verses had enough hook to get you groovin’.
2. CHEYENNE – This track is like the second coming of Taylor Swift’s “Style”. From the quality behind the vocals to the play on the vocals, Cheyenne is a perfect break between two upbeat tracks.
3. GET UGLY – This track will remind us of Wiggle, Wiggle from his Talk Dirty album. It has a hook laiden chorus and beat banger that will surely make you move.
4. PULL-UP – The good thing about this track is that it felt like an extension of track 3 (Get Ugly) but it could also stand alone as an individual track which is what it is. Again, there are alof of things going on in here but that has been the case for Jason’s track before.
5. LOVE LIKE THAT (ft. K. Michelle) – This is the first collaboration out of the series of collaborations in the album. This will definitely set an inevitable comparison from the succeeding collaborations. Love Like That is a mid-tempo R&B track. It didn’t have that hook that is usually evident on a Jason Derulo track but there is a playful show of dynamics between Jason and K. Michelle. Could have gone with more tempo and rhythm but I digress.
6. PAINKILLER (ft. Meghan Trainor) – This track did Meghan more favors than Jason in my book. The track just proved that Meghan is a versatile vocalist. On paper, this is looking like a trainwreck collaboration but somehow, it worked. The vocals here were pretty. The track is beat driven and has a hook that is memorable enough.
7. BROKE (ft. Stevie Wonder & Keith Urban) – I absolutely adore this collaboration. I didn’t really think this will work but it did! The track had some funk but not too much. It sounded great. The tempo was lovely. It has that country vibe but still keeping a good pop tune. So there is so much going on with track but it never felt really messy. So great stuff!
8. TRY ME (ft. Jennifer Lopez & Matoma) – I didn’t really see it coming. Really. But with Jason’s theme mostly being really sensual tracks, there couldn’t be any other perfect artist to collaborate than Jenny from the block. Surprisingly, Jennifer sounded pretty here. Her voice had some sweetness and nuanced sensuality in here. Maybe because the track worked more like a dance track that I won’t be surprised if in the future DWTS they will use this track. Good stuff! Good collaboration.
9. LOVE ME DOWN – There is a build up in this track that I like but the whole of it felt more like a Michael Jackson rip-off. But then, maybe, it is just the tempo play and the rhythm. Nonetheless, this is a decent track and Jason sounded pretty good here. No autotune which is good!
10. TRADE HEARTS (ft. Julia Michaels) – The R&B ballad works because of the contrast vocals between Jason and Julia. Jason provided the usual pop quality while Julia offers a quirk on her tone that allows the ballad to hollow over the beat behind and create a more textured vocal.
11. X2CU – Again, Jason was able to provide a beat driven track that is light, pop and pleasant. This track is like a throwaway JT song but at the end you will realize this could really work well on Jason’s vocals. I must say though, that breakdown towards the end sounded gorgeous. I wouldn’t say this is the perfect end track for his album but this is a decent pop tune.
Album Rating: 7/10