IV Play - The-Dream
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7.3

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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the R&B singer features guest appearances from 2 Chainz, Beyonce, Big Sean, Mary J. Blige, Gary Clark Jr., Fabolous, Jay-Z, Pusha T, and Kelly Rowland.
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 31, 2013
    74
    IV Play succeeds in spades with its production and songwriting.
  3. May 28, 2013
    70
    [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.
  4. May 30, 2013
    70
    IV Play finds Dream delving into more sounds and styles than ever before.
  5. Jun 4, 2013
    60
    Even Dream’s production, which was voluptuously orchestrated, has turned static; there’s an ashen militarism to be heard in these slow, sad songs.
  6. Jun 10, 2013
    60
    This is an album of average to good songs, with only a few highlights.
  7. Jun 4, 2013
    30
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 18, 2013
    10
    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 Collapse
  2. Jun 11, 2013
    7
    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. Expand