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Genre: Pop / Artist: Jason Derulo / Audio CD released 2010-03-01 at Warner Bros.

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      17.06.2011 20:08
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      Jason Derulo was born in 1989 and is an american singer-songwriter, actor and dancer. He first burst onto the music scene in early 2009 with his debut single "whatcha say". The catchy lyrics to this fab, funky tune can't help but get stuck in your head all day after you have listened to it. This is a really good track that I love listening to and singing along to. It became number one in the US and in New Zealand and won numerous other awards as well.

      I find it really hard to believe this is his first ever album because its so good! But this really is his debut album. It was released in 2010 so it is still fairly new, he has actually brought some new singles out right now though, "don't wanna go home" is one I've seen a lot on the music channels recently which is what made me want to dig this album out and listen to it again. I bought it sometime last year.

      The tracks on the album are all really good in my opinion. The genre is sort of a mix between R&B and pop. The tracks are as follows:

      1. "Whatcha Say"
      2. "Ridin' Solo"
      3. "In My Head"
      4. "The Sky's the Limit"
      5. "What If"
      6. "Love Hangover"
      7. "Encore"
      8. "Fallen"
      9. "Blind"

      The first three were all realised as singles and are my favourites as they are massive, catchy hits. I love all the tracks though and I think this makes a great album to put on for friends to listen to when your having a drink together and getting ready to go out somewhere as its got a feel good vibe to it. It gets you started and dancing and puts you in a fun mood before you go out somewhere.

      Someone who wasn't into this type of music would probably complain the tracks mostly all sound the same and this isn't really anything original I have to be honest. But it is a good listen and I do like it. So I would recommend it. My favourite tracks are 'ridin solo' and 'in my head', I would recommend looking them up on youtube if you haven't already heard them. Jason Derulo isn't just good at singing but he is also a great dancer and I have seen him live at radio 1 big weekend in bangor and thought he was a great all round entertainer. Overall a good album, 4 stars and recommended.

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        27.08.2010 13:51
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        5 stars

        Jason Derulo (or should I say Jasonnn Deruloooo) burst onto the UK music scene in 2009 and hasn't budged from the charts since. I must admit that I've been completely caught up in Derulo fever and have played this album more times than I can count. So why are so many people loving a bit of this soulful warbler from across the pond? I reckon a listen to his debut album might just convince you.

        So who is Derulo?
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        Jason, whos real surname is 'Desrouleaux', giving away his Haitian-American nationality, was born in 1989 in Florida and wrote songs for top American record label 'Cash Money Records'. Names such as Diddy (who I still call Puff Daddy) and Sean Kingston also pop up in information about his previous career so even before listening to his music, you can guess that it will have a Pop/R&B feel.

        Useless information over, lets get down to the music. Jason's debut album, Jason Derulo, was released in March 2010 and got to number 8 in the UK album charts.

        Tracks
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        1) Watcha Say
        2) Ridin' Solo
        3) In My Head
        4) The Sky's The Limit
        5)What If
        6)Love Hangover
        7)Encore
        8)Fallen
        9)Blind
        10) Strobelight

        As there are so many good songs on this album it's really hard to choose a favourite! If I had to choose, however, I would have to say 'Ridin' Solo' as it's such an upbeat song and really puts you in a good mood. The beat is fast and the lyrics are really positive with lines such as 'I'm feeling like a star, you can't stop my shine' and 'Living my life and got stress no more' sounding great played extra loud. The song is all about moving on after a breakup and can pick you up if you're feeling a bit down.

        Completely different to 'Ridin' Solo' is 'What if' a smooth ballad that is Jason's latest single. This song is all about taking chances and not thinking too far ahead in relationships as you never know what will happen. This one is much slower than a lot of the other tracks and is a nice contrast to the more upbeat tunes.The lyric 'Picture me on one knee, with the perfect diamond ring' completely makes me fall in love with Mr Derulo! If only Jason, if only.....

        Swooning over perhaps my least favourite track on the album is 'Strobelight' which comes right at the end. This song has elements of what my mum would call 'a row' as it uses a lot of synthesiser sounds and is much less soulful than the other tracks. This one seems like a bit of a filler track and I often switch off before this final track.

        Apart from 'Strobelight' I could listen to the other tracks all day and often press repeat on my ipod. 'Love Hangover' is rumoured to be the next single and if this is released it will be the fifth single off the album. I know that a lot of people don't like artists to release too many singles off one album but I can't stand it when I buy an album and then a new one is released soon after so releasing all these is a good choice for me! Probably my only real regret with this album is how short it is. The whole thing lasts only about 35 minutes and so is soon over.

        I know that this type of music isn't everyone's cup of tea but if you want a feel good album this is for you. It's perfect for having in your car or playing while doing housework to cheer you up on a rainy day!
        Price: A bargain at £5.00 from Amazon

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          11.06.2010 13:02
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          A great start for a budding artist

          Jason Derulo is an American singer, songwriter, actor and dancer and is signed to Beluga Heights, a subsidiary of the Warner Music Group.

          At the start of 2009 no one knew who Jason Derulo was a small bit player in the vast world of the Warner Music Group. He concentrated on writing songs for such artists as Diddy, Sean Kingston and Cassie and he was pretty much lost in the background.

          12 months, two hit songs and a worldwide fanbase later Jason Derulo (trust me when I say you have to sing his name just like on his songs) is the name on everyone's lips.

          It all started in early August 2009 when newcomer Jason Derulo released his debut single 'Whatcha Say', a remix of Imogen's Hide and Seek. Insanely catchy and synthesised throughout this R'n'B number came with a great stomping almost drum and bass backtrack and matching versus' it was really no wonder why it took America, the UK and the rest of the world by storm, selling over 5 million copies alone, reaching top of the US billboard chart, UK R'n'B charts and having 8 different remixes set to it (one of which is on the album itself, the acoustic version, which I shall refer to later).

          Now if you go by that success alone then it may tell you that you have a hit on your hands yet when noted R&B writer Pete Lewis of 'Blues & Soul' describes it "Blending pounding beats and Derulo's rich, soulful vocals with an instantly-infectious pop hook" then follow up singles should definitely be in the pipeline.

          Sure enough on the 8th December he released is second single; In My Head. A more uptempo and influenced strongly by his surprisingly good dancing skills to provided him with his first UK number 1. The song, much like the video follows a more classic R'N'B route and reminds me strongly of Justin Timberlake (especially with the empty parking lot etc.) yet still manages to keep its originality and it's chart success (top ten in 10 different countries, 4 number 1's and 4 different remixes) shows that Jason Derulo is not a one hit wonder.

          Soon enough on the 2 March 2010 Jason Derulo released his first album, titled (unsurprisingly these days) Jason Derulo. The album was produced by J.R. Rotem (who has made his name with Rhianna's SOS, Sean Paul's Me Love amongst others) and has the tracklist as follows;

          1. Whatcha Say
          2. Ridin' Solo
          3. In My Head
          4. The Sky's The Limit
          5. What If
          6. Love Hangover
          7. Encore
          8. Fallen
          9. Blind
          10. Queen Of Hearts
          11. Whatcha Say (acoustic)

          Next came Ridin' Solo. Released on April 26 it is the third single from Jason Derülo's debut self-titled album, Jason Derülo. This time JD stepped away from the usual manufactured R'n'B collective (the likes of Chris Brown, Usher and Iyaz come to mind here) by starting off with a small sample of "Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve. If you don't know this one (great song btw!) it was part of the soundtrack for the film Cruel Intentions. Now me and my friends all seem to have slightly different versions of this song. I have the Bittersweet version whilst some of my friends have the one without. This is because the sample was not cleared and had to be replaced with the electronic motifs and sounds which are used throughout the entire song.
          Personally I like the bittersweet version!
          Once again this became another JD hit, his third consecutive top three hit on the UK Singles Chart and a third consecutive number one hit on the UK R&B Chart. This song has become a regular in nightclubs everywhere and is sure to be known as one of this year summer anthems.

          Now on to the rest of the album. Critics worldwide have been mixed on this, receiving an average of 55 out of 100, from top music reviewer Metacritic. The LA Times called it "a pleasure-packed debut and one that will "get stuck in your head". Whilst others like BBC Music called it a "a deafening hollowness" and that "this soulless Auto-Tune-fest is one to avoid".

          I however have to agree with the formal. Most albums that I seem to come across recently have 2 to 3 good tracks whilst the rest just seem to serve the purpose of filling out the numbers (Cheryl Cole's 3 Words comes o mind here), none memorable or distinctive.
          Yet with this one I found myself lovin' every single song. I find each one distinctly
          different in it's own, the use of the Auto tune not really an issue for me here.

          Anyone interested in R'n'B will love this and JD keeps us guessing by changing from ballards to catchy pop like R'n'B. From the albums tracklist What If is JD's first shot at a ballard and from a guy known for his catchy auto tuned club songs he pulls this one off quite well. The lyrics (like the rest of his ballards) are thought provoking and seem to tell a story behind them (cheesy I know but true!) rather than the confusing and strange string of words that I've heard from other slow numbers.

          Fallen is the second attempt at a ballard and I think is the best one of the 3 that are on here. Whilst What If brings that smidge of the classic R'n'B flair (think Chris Brown With You) Fallen tries to implement that little bit of pop/ R'n'B. Like What If the lyrics, I feel are amazing, ones that if you had given them to Usher or Chris Brown people would have been singing their praises.

          Blind, whilst still being a good song, never quite got me fully interested. Maybe I was becoming sick of the Auto tune or whatever and whilst the lyrics again are good (the chorus is classic here btw) it is my least favourite song on his album.

          Of course this is first and foremost an R'n' B album and where would that be without a vast array of upbeat, up tempo synthesised vocals and of course this album is no different.

          Encore and The Sky's the Limit, two more favourites of mine gravitate down the R'n'B route and electro pop/ R'n'B route respectively and both hold up the rest of the album even though they may arguably reach the highs previous hits like Whatcha Say and In My Head they definatly do no harm to JD's cause for world R'n'B domination.

          Love Hangover aims to target more of JD's age group, he is after all only 20, and to be fair resembles what regularly happens after a Saturday night. The chorus (and the verses) are some of the most catchy I have heard in a while and I believe that it is almost hidden beneath the barrage of hits like Ridin Solo and Whatcha Say yet manages to keep it's head above water to be considered great when you buy the album.

          Then we come to Queen Of Hearts, the final song that I will mention. The eletro pop comes out again and at first I didn't think that I would like this, maybe another spin off of Usher or something and with Derulo's R'n;B focused vocals I thought that it may form a very large eletro shaped hurdle for the US' very own Auto tune master. However I have to give credit to him, another very catchy song, one that will definitely appeal to the masses (including me!) and I have to say the first time I heard it I was blown away. Like unseen hits of Encore and Fallen these don't set the world alight but also don't do him any damage either.

          The only criticism that I would give is that it can get repetitive after many listens. I unfortunately contribute this to the producer on all the songs J.R.Rothem, who whilst being a fabulous producer and this allows the album to flow smoothly from song to song, it can make the songs seem similar. One plus point is that Derulo thought that he was brave enough and hat his voice was good enough to go without collaborations witch seem all the rage at the moment.

          Overall a good solid first album, any r'n'b fans will love this! If you hate Auto tune than I suggest to stay away!

          Jason Derulo on sale for download on iTunes for 7.99, Amazon 6.99

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          19.03.2010 22:30
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          A HUGE Disappointment.

          After hearing the first two songs that have been released by this artist all over the radio and TV over the last few months and really liking both of them I decided to download his album a few weeks ago. At the start of 2009 no-one had even heard of this new RnB star Jason Derulo but it seems after his first song "Watcha Say" he burst onto the scene and everyone loved him and his music. His second single " In My Head" went down the same way and this put him into the spotlight as a sort of one to watch on the 2010 music scene. After hearing those two tracks and loving both of them I was hoping his album would be just as great. It wasn't.

          1. Watcha Say
          One of the two decent songs on this album and one that Im pretty sure you must have heard by now. This is the song that thrust him into the limelight and break into the indsutry. On this track he samples Imogen Heap's "Hide & Seek" as part of the chorus and follows the same format as all the hit RnB songs in my opinion. The lyrics are incredibly catchy although it does seem like its all been done before by dare I say it better artsists.
          ****.*

          2. Ridin Solo *

          3. In My Head
          The other song from the album that I liked. God two songs from a whole album, isnt that depressing. This is very much the classic pop track and I dont wonder why it became such a massive success because this seems to be just the type of track that is "in fashion" well I couldnt think of a better way to describe it at the moment. This is incerdibly catchy and has a really contempary feel about it. Well it worked for me anyway. The video is just cringeworthy though I reckon.
          *****

          4. The Sky's The Limit
          I think that he decided to try and change tack a bit on this track and attempt to add some variety to an otherwise very predictable album. This track rather than being a poppy/RnB style song is more euro-dance style with a heavier beat , well more so than any other track I have listened to from this album. I liked the fact that this was a bit different when compared to other songs from the album but again it didnt do anything for me. It was not going well so far. *.*

          5. What If *.*

          6. Love Hangover
          This is another track that is a lot like "Watcha Say" & " In My Head" in the sense that is is a very mainstream RnB/ pop track that will definately appeal to the younger audience and to be honest the type of track that would usuall appeal to me but for some reason this didnt. It is certainly a catchy track with a chorus that you can help but sing a long to but I didnt like it. Other's definately will though. **.*

          7. Fallen *.*

          8. Blind **

          9. Encore
          I honestly have no idea what this song is even doing on the album, surely he knows how ridiculosu this track is? This is sort of like an intro even though it is in the middle of the album. confusing or what? This is basically 30 seconds of Derulo saying his own name over and over again with a VERY annoying, squeaky backing track. One of the most annoying yet random tracks I have ever heard. Pointless.
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          This was just a major disappointment from start to finish. I was hoping that this whole album would be as good as the first two singles but they are the only thing that save this album from being a total flop. In fact I dont even think those two tracks can save this, I doubt I will be listening to the other 7 songs on this album. I felt like Id heard many of these songs before from other artists who are very similar but do the job better. I think Derulo may be another naufactured pop star who will leave the limelight as quickly as he came into it. This album is a major disappointment and to be honest I would be embarassed to listen to these songs in public just in case someone heard! I was very disappointed and if you get this Im sure you will be as well. I dont recommend.

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            16.03.2010 14:25

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            Jason Derulo is a 20 year old singer, songwriter and dancer from America. He took the UK and US by storm with his massive hits Watcha Say? and In My Head. He is on the Beluga Heights record label which works with Warner Bro's Records.

            Produced by J.R.Rotem, Jason Derulo has created a masterpiece of wonderful songs for his debut album, which is called Jason Derulo. The album boasts an impressive track list with his hit songs Watcha Say? and In My Head. There are also some very impressive songs on the album in the shape of Ridin' Solo, The Sky Is The Limit and What If?.

            I think Jason Derulo is one of the hottest singers on the market these days and he is only going to continue to get bigger and better. Jason has a nice soothing voice, which you can't get tired of listening too. The album's playtime is just under 40 minutes, which on average is about right.

            I would recommend the album to all R&B fans, because it really is worth the purchase. Jason Derulo has really got an amazing amount of talent!

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            12.03.2010 14:39
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            Jason DeRulo's debu album

            "Jason Derülo" came as a 2010 Pop album from a singer of the same name (born Jason Desrouleaux).Makign a name for himself initially from writing for R&B singer, he came to prominence with the success of his debut solo single "Whatcha Say" as his pairing with Pop super-producer J.R. Rotem broke him into the game.

            1. "Whatcha Say"

            Sampling Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek", this track finds the artist immediately clear which direction he wishes to take his music. Falsely packaged as R&B, the singer comes out with a track that allowed him to gain a breakthrough into the industry and get his name out there to the masses with his catchy, mainstream-directed music. I have to say that this had nothing for me in it and I saw it as a bad start.

            **One Star**

            2. "Ridin' Solo"

            The Miami artist attempts to show that he does truly fit into the contemporary R&B scene here by coming out with the kind of thing that you expect of tracks which managed to see a fair bit of success. This was a promotional single to the thing, and has him pushing this forward with a little Dance-Pop and for me he seemed to go absolutely nowhere with this lifeless material - making for another flop.

            **One Star**

            3. "In My Head"

            A chart-topper, we see that here J.R. Rotem's signature style real comes through in the production and so it seems as though he does a great job at achieving what is expected to make for the best result. However, knowing that he had done work for Pop acts who I had no love for whatsoever (Sean Kingston, JLS and Leona Lewis) it came as no surprise to me that this was another wack track, but one he tries to make sound a little different with the Rock injections.

            **One Star**

            4. "The Sky's The Limit"

            For this one we see that he attacks things in another predictable way as he goes for a tune that has heavy Euro-Dance influence upon it. This comes not only in the production, but also the way in which the song is composed overall and so it makes for something that sounds extremely unimpressive and unoriginal, but will undoubtedly excite naive teeny-boppers. It does nothing for me and continues the flow of wackness.

            **One Stars**

            5. "What If"

            Here we see that he goes for a softer track as things slow down and he decides to push forward a ballad. It was a tune that I didn't manage to connect with in it's opening moments and as it progressed I found myself getting further and further away from engaging with it as he comes with more generic Pop material and obvious, recycled themes which do nothing by this point (2010) when we should be expecting some kind of musical revolution.

            **One Star**

            6. "Love Hangover"

            The singer may do a great job where the vocals are concerned once more, but here again we see that we get a little something where he does very little to show that this album has any variety to it as he gets right on back towards the Power-Pop stuff and the kind of thing that prevented me from having any appeal for his music in the first place. It does very little and stays on one level throughout as he unsuccessfully attempts to put over themes found in current R&B songs into this club Pop tune.

            **One Star**

            7. "Encore"

            Bringing you in through annoyingly singing his name as an intro (as found in most of his singles) here we see that he comes with a tune that sounds as though he's attempting to steadily squeak him through into the R&B scene with some fly, choppy beats backing him up. If you aren't forced in falsely to more of his worthless material, it uncovers that this makes for more plain music with no real defining features.

            **One Star**

            8. "Fallen"

            Here we see that he comes in with more of the kind of thing that could be deemed to be 'Hip-Pop' - Pop music with mainstream-styled Hip Hop elements, he offers a song that I thought sounded like it was just largely just as the others on the album were. If you are into this, then you're bound to be down with what other prominent artists in this faux-R&B and Hip Hop do, but I couldn't get down with it at all.

            **One Star**

            9. "Blind"

            By this point on the album (the final one on the album) it seems as though his music is so samey that you forget what you're actually doing. The music does nothing for me at all, and if you don't even notice a change track-to-track because the style of things is so unchanged, shows just how weak his stuff is and how it doesn't have the longevity which he wishes it will see (with his musical inspirations in mind).

            **One Star**

            Coming as a Pop version of Ne-Yo or an American version of Taio Cruz, Jason Derülo did nothing whatsoever to impress me here as he seems to simply attempt what has been done by so many others other the years in trying to establish something based upon Michael Jackson's reign as the King of Pop.

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              A worthy attempt that just falls short of the mark.

              Jason Derülo is currently the name on everybody's lips, with the monster success of his debut single Whatcha Say already under his belt, Derülo's name has instantly been thrust into the spotlight quicker than Madonna can adopt yet another foreign baby. Capitalising on his worldwide smash, Derülo was quick to release his follow up single with In My Head which catapulted to number one, knocking Simon Cowell's Help For Haiti campaign off the top spot.

              Derülo's debut album was released on the 26th February 2010, but could the 20 year old produce an album that's up to the standards of his two monster hit singles or is Derülo just another victim of the manufactured pop/R&B era that has left so many in the dark and without record deals?

              Whatcha Say
              Ridin' Solo
              In My Head
              The Sky's The Limit
              What If
              Love Hangover
              Encore
              Fallen
              Blind
              Queen Of Hearts
              Whatcha Say (acoustic)

              The album kicks off with his first single Whatcha Say which starts the album off with a bang. The song is a remix of Imogen Heap's song Hide and Seek, sampling the insanely catchy chorus with synthesised vocals throughout. This is top notch R&B with a stomping beat, supremely catchy chorus and with versus to match this song is extremely hard to fault. Due to the success of the song, an acoustic version was released and included on the album. I think you can judge how big a song has become when there are two different versions on the same album, this just goes to show how massive this song was when it was released late 2009. It's still one that's played on a regular basis and is the undeniable highlight of the album. Surprisingly the acoustic version is just as catchy, substituting the heavy beats for a soft piano which works wanders and gives the song a new lease of life (not that it needed it). Second single In My Head was surprisingly Derülo's first UK number one single. In My Head veers more down the contemporary R&B route, whereas Whatcha Say took inspiration from past influences. In My Head is exactly what the music scene is about at the moment. The video which accompanies the song looks scarily similar to Justin Timberlake's debut solo single Like I Love You. This may be completely coincidental as I can't find anything stating that good old JT was the influence for the video. The similarities are there for everyone to see though. Derülo even dances and sings like Timberlake.

              Going down the Timberlake route, however, is by no means a bad thing. Timberlake enjoyed monster success with his debut solo album and if Derülo's people have decided to duplicate the success the what better star to imitate? One thing that no one can accuse Derülo of is being original. Early on in the album we're introduced to 'his sound', which we've heard time and time again from the likes of Usher, Chris Brown, Mario, Justin Timberlake and more recently Iyaz. Chris Brown especially, Derülo is young, good looking, an average singer and a good dancer... all he has to do is beat up his girlfriend and we'll have another Chris Brown on our hands. Ridin Solo is a prime example of Derülo's 'individuality', he uses a sample of The Verve's 'Bittersweet Sympathy' on his chorus. The chorus uses echoing synthesisers which sound very similar to the likes of T Pain who has become synonymous with his synthesised voice. The song itself, though similar to numerous other artists is a catchy song and one of the more instantly catchy songs on the album. I can't, however, work out if that's due to the sample it uses or the very catchy hook. Ridin Solo is a favourite of mine on the album though regardless of why I like it. This is one of the more universal songs on the album, in that it's likely to resonate with a wide audience and not just a specific niche which some of his songs are aimed at.

              Like any good debut album, there's an eclectic mix of songs to satisfy everyone even remotely interesting in the R&B genre. Derülo expectedly switches pace into a few ballads throughout the album. Fortunately these are kept to a minimum and are mixed in well with the other songs. What If is Derülo's first attempt at a ballad and a very successful attempt at that. This is a really beautiful and thought provoking song that is complimented perfectly by Derülo's understated and high pitched vocals. This is an R&B infused slower tempo number, it may not be up to the standard of Chris Brown's worldwide hit With You but this is still a very catchy song and for someone who tends to stay away from ballads on albums this is one that really resonates with me and is a superb attempt at delving into the shaky territory of R&B ballads. Blind is the second and final attempt at a ballad. This is definitely the more heartfelt of the two songs that speaks about the breakdown of a relationship. Blind is a more up-tempo ballad with a chorus even Westlife would be proud of.

              In terms of stellar R&B numbers this album has them in abundance. Encore is another favourite of mine that almost reaches the starry heights of Whatcha Say, however, unfortunately falls at the last hurdle. Despite this, Encore is a superb track with heavy beats, synthesised vocals and Derülo's undeniably catchy voice all blended together to make an excellent R&B number that rivals the best in the business at the moment (watch out Chris Brown). On the same note comes Queen Of Hearts which goes down the electro pop route which I wouldn't have thought would work with Derülo's very R&B focused vocal ability, however this is another very catchy song and another one that will definitely appeal to the masses. Fortunately Derülo stays away from the cheesy electro pop genre and it's safe to say that most of the songs on this album are real winners. The only song that I haven't managed to strike a chord with is Fallen. It's a lazy attempt at a hip hop number infused with R&B vocals. This is the only song in which Derülo fails in what he aims to do. Fallen is Derülo's attempt in steering away from the mainstream R&B audience and appealing to a more hip hop orientated audience. It's safe to say he fails miserably. Fallen has a beat that you would expect on a Lil Wayne song and a chorus that could put you to sleep. This is the only song which includes a rapping interlude which makes it even more blatant what Derülo is trying to do.

              Despite the albums mix of songs from ballads to up-tempo R&B numbers and everything in between this album can get very repetitive after just a couple of listens. One possible reason for this is that every single song on the album is produced by the same person. This man goes by the name of J.R Rotem, he's of South African origin and has produced for the likes of Rihanna, Flo Rida, Leona Lewis, Iyaz and questionably Paris Hilton and JLS (we all need to eat I suppose). It's clear that this guys credentials speak for themselves and browsing through his back catalogue it's clear that he's in his comfort zone with up-tempo R&B numbers. Having said that, with this album he doesn't really seem able to differentiate between styles. There are advantages of having the same producer for an album, the album keeps on an even key and no song sounds out of place, however the distinct lack of variety could do Derülo more harm that good in the future. With his next album I hope to see a variety of producers, writers and collaborations to give the album a longer shelf life. Speaking of collaborations, there aren't any on the album which came as quite a surprise. Young, American R&B talent seem to be obsessed with getting big stars to feature on their album in order to make a name for themselves (Justin Bieber and Usher), however the fact that Derülo sticks entirely to his own voice speaks volumes for this young star.

              The album takes a turn down the up-tempo catchy number which Justin Timberlake has become renowned for. Love Hangover is a great song that will branch out his fans into the young teen audience which exactly what he should be aiming at because as R&B continues to branch out into the mainstream, the teen audience is what could make or break Derülo's career. Love Hangover is one of the songs that will have you instantly singing along to the chorus. Sky's The Limit is very similar to the previous song, which again brings up the issue of variety however this is another catchy tune which is a real grower.

              Overall I do think this is a rather good album, there are lots of good songs with only one dud that didn't resonate with me. I would say that this is mainstream R&B and there's nothing on this album that you wont have heard a million times before. Derülo seems to be doing what Jay Sean is doing at the moment, yet arguably better. Sean seems to have the right idea in bringing in guest stars in order to widen his appeal though which is something that Derülo hasn't yet got around to doing. To be fair this guys success speaks for itself, he's had two massive singles but in terms of a third single there is nothing on this album that really stands out as being... dare I say it... memorable. That's the problem with this album, the songs are all good in their own right but after you've heard them they're instantly forgettable. I recommend this to fans of his but don't go expecting anything groundbreaking. Derülo needs to find his own sound and unfortunately this album lets him down.

              The album is available to download from iTunes for £7.99.

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            • Product Details

              Disc #1 Tracklisting
              1 Whatcha Say
              2 Ridin' Solo
              3 In My Head
              4 Sky's The Limit, The
              5 What If
              6 Love Hangover
              7 Encore
              8 Fallen
              9 Blind
              10 Strobelight
              11 Queen Of Hearts
              12 Strobelight