The-Dream's 'Terius Nash: 1977' review

The-Dream's album cover for 'Terius Nash: 1977.' The-Dream's album cover for 'Terius Nash: 1977.' Photo Credit: Handout

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REVIEW

The-Dream, the songwriter-producer behind Rihanna's latest and Beyoncé's upcoming album, wrote the bulk of "Terius Nash: 1977" (Island Def Jam) in the wake of his divorce from singer-"The Voice" correspondent Christina Milian in 2010. He released it last year as a mixtape, a more fitting outlet for the grittier, more expletive-filled R&B here than a full-fledged commercial release. However, the rawness of ballads like "Wake Me When It's Over" and the cleverly expressed anger behind "Real" touched a nerve. "1977" doesn't quite stack up against The-Dream's more polished work, lacking his usual lyrical wordplay and musical sophistication, but the intensity of the emotion keeps it interesting.

 

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"Terius Nash: 1977"

GRADE B

BOTTOM LINE This R&B is Rough & Bold

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