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|Lloyd - King Of Hearts Review|
|10-07-2011 09:47 | 0 comment(s)|
| New Orleans' R&B singer, Lloyd gets a lot of out of his thin, raspy vocals on his fourth album 'King Of Hearts'. From the jittery mash of syrupy bass and synth on lyrical come-on "Be The One" to the booty loving "Bang!!!!", Lloyd's pleading vocals fit the one-track mindedness of the album well, only sounding a bit out of place amidst R. Kelly and Keri Hilson on, soulful plea for world peace, "World Cry".
Lloyd aims for Cee Lo Green territory with the salty kiss off to an ex-girlfriend over sweet classic soul music on "Dedication To My Ex". Full of piano, synthesized horns, and a stand-up bass groove, the rapid-fire rap from Andre 3000 is tame compared to the sharp barbs Lloyd delivers, as he accuses, "Ain't being funny / I know another bee's been in that honey". Like Cee Lo's killer "F*ck You", radio might struggle to find an agreeable way to soften the hook of the hit-in-waiting, as he wears out the word 'p*ssy' as he calls out her cheating ways.
The album attempts to recapture the magic of the biting throwback with the stripper-loving "Sake It 4 Daddy", but falls a little short with an orchestral soul sample rolling over a punchy beat, while his scratchy vocals save "Lay It Down", his watered-down update to Tony Toni Tone's "(Lay Your Head On My) Pillow", from being a complete waste. Drippy ballad "Naked" is rare change of pace, where the obnoxious baritone backing vocal, "Take off / Blast off / Lift off", leaves you glad he does not waste much time with sluggish tunes here. He is much better served on energetic "Jigsaw", where the jittery synth and antsy beat make it feel like a radio remix of a ballad.
Up-tempo "Luv Me Girl" works on the strength of Lloyd's vocals, holding his own against a solid guest appearance from Chris Brown, saving it from the overbearing, scattershot production. Sweet, plucky "Cupid" is a fantastic love song that would feel pulled straight off mid-nineties R&B radio if not for the banging bass thump. While his razor-thin vocal style could easily grate on your nerves, Lloyd's latest succeeds largely because of him rather than in spite of him.
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