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.
"Terius Nash: 1977"
BOTTOM LINE This R&B is Rough & Bold