IV Play - The-Dream

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 83
    The-Dream is one of R&B's best talkers and he flexes that weird, wordy, girl-crazy mind all over IV Play's lush love jams. [31 May/7 Jun 2013, p.136]
  2. May 30, 2013
    IV Play is a collection of sexy jams that falls somewhere between Usher-type bedroom music and the progressive R&B The-Dream’s great at.
  3. May 31, 2013
    IV Play succeeds in spades with its production and songwriting.
  4. Jun 3, 2013
    Despite gestating for years, IV Play is an album that feels unattended to.
  5. May 30, 2013
    IV Play finds Dream delving into more sounds and styles than ever before.
  6. 70
    Interestingly, the album’s emotive selection happens to be its most musically daring as well.
  7. May 28, 2013
    If his booty-poppin' subject matter isn't original, the kaleidoscope R&B butter-storms he cooks up give his sexcapades a hallucinatory drama.
  8. May 28, 2013
    IV Play may not always hit that high bar, but the artist's persistence and perfectionism are clear, and the results bear as pure of a pedigree as ever.
  9. May 28, 2013
    Notwithstanding a couple musical blemishes, IV Play diligently continues The-Dream’s tenure as one of the premier acts in R&B.
  10. May 28, 2013
    [IV Play revisits] Nash’s usual tropes through a more varied sound palette that demonstrates a willingness to experiment and, at rare and glorious points, a raw sense of urgency fuelled by his bitterness.
  11. May 29, 2013
    Sticking with him through the machinations of the music industry has never been more difficult than it is now, but IV Play still has its rewards.
  12. Jun 10, 2013
    This is an album of average to good songs, with only a few highlights.
  13. Jun 6, 2013
    He sounds bored. So am I.
  14. Jun 4, 2013
    Even Dream’s production, which was voluptuously orchestrated, has turned static; there’s an ashen militarism to be heard in these slow, sad songs.
  15. May 28, 2013
    The-Dream barely breaks new ground artistically and the set doesn’t approach his finest effort, “Love vs. Money,” but the music is often so seductive it’s easy to ignore a misstep (“New Orleans”) and often distracting auto-tuning.
  16. May 28, 2013
    There’s enough pulling power to draw you in, just not enough to get you hooked.
  17. Jun 6, 2013
    As IV Play demonstrates, the well of ideas has run dry and the magic is gone.
  18. May 28, 2013
    He's never been one for lyrical subtlety, but this set contains several stretches of monotonous, joyless carnality.
  19. Jun 4, 2013
    The lyrical and musical content of IV Play doesn’t stray far from the Top 40 standards of mind-numbing repetition and stories about getting high and having sex.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 18, 2013
    Okay so the reason I'm giving this a 10/10 is because I love The-Dreams sound and type of music he can produce only he can produce this type of sound his RNB is unique and he never sells out as an artist he stays loyal and doesn't go with the mainstream dance songs and techno rubbish we see in the charts today this album has 2 bad songs turnt and tron the rest are ace it's a new sound dream but hints at the guy you grew and love Full Review »
  2. Jun 11, 2013
    If you love that ratchet music, you'll love this ratchet album. My favourite songs on there are Turnt and Where have you been. Decent album with innovative features. Full Review »