Jason Derulo - Jason Derülo
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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the singer-songwriter who wrote songs for a variety of artists, such as Cassie, Danita Kane, Lil Mama, and Sean Kingston.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. The veering eclecticism of the album suggests that he's still figuring out his sound though, and he won't have untilled Imogen Heap samples, like on the inescapable "Whatcha Say," to work off of forever. Nonetheless, it's a pleasure-packed debut.
  2. As a performer, the smooth Derulo--made even smoother by Auto-Tune--delivers it all so effortlessly that none of that persuasive debut hunger comes through, making this stylish and short set one to admire rather than advocate.
  3. The busy production feels impersonal, though, and producer JR Rotem has made far too free with the Auto-Tune, robbing Derülo of the idiosyncrasies that make an album worth hearing.
  4. The nine-song album's softer ballads--like the piano-driven "What If"--distract from Derulo's powerhouse vocals. His talent is somewhat misused on the tune, blanketed beneath equal parts Auto-Tune and lyrical vagueness. However, the inclusion of club bangers like "The Sky's the Limit" and "Love Hangover" boost the set's energy.
  5. On Jason Derulo, though, Derulo has trouble making an impression.
  6. Derulo's desperation to cover all commercial bases is only matched by an inability to stamp his own personality on them.
  7. This is music that rings shrilly with a deafening hollowness, an unashamed fakery akin to a dream-state where fantasy and reality have become mixed and hopelessly muddied.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 21, 2010
    I think Jason Derülo has the ability to write decent songs and dance well. On this album, he showcases that he is comfortable with singing lots of genres. Despite some superfluous amounts of Auto-Tune, Jason Derülo can still sing. Expand