Reading through reviews of The-Dream’s album IV Play, his fifth LP, it would appear that critics have a hard time pinning Terius Nash down. The chorus of the release’s title track, “I could give a f*ck about the foreplay/ I’m talking straight sex,” certainly seemed to make it into everyone’s write-ups, though. But we can attribute that to its unprecedentedly honest expression of man’s struggle with primal urges.
Arriving from Def Jam Records, the album boasts an impressive bunch of featured artists, including, but not limited to, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Big Sean and 2 Chainz. While reviews ranged in their feedback, they were consistently positive, praising The-Dream for his commitment to doing what he knows and succeeds at.
“…If his booty-poppin' subject matter isn't original, the kaleidoscope R&B butter-storms he cooks up give his sexcapades a hallucinatory drama.” — Rolling Stone
“IV Play completes The-Dream’s voyage from a chart-topping R&B jester to a beloved cult figure, a move that seemed likely when he started making albums that had four or five singles in the middle that were meant to be heard as one long movement.” — Potholes in My Blog
“An indignant backlash against the wave of EDM-R&B that’s been sweeping the airwaves of the past few years, it’s a ballsy, against-the-grain move that highlights the identity crisis that Terius Nash seems to be undergoing.” — Pitchfork
After rounding up all the responses we cared about, the story of IV Play seems to be one of success. You can pick up a copy of the album at your local record store. Or, if you want to skip the lead-up titillation and get right to the sensual tunes, iTunes and Amazon work too.
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