Jason Derulo

Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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 DerĂ¼lo 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.
User Score
4.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 7, 2016
    4
    this album it's noisy, it's a Electropop/R&B album with a lot of samples. I think that Derulo for this album misuse too many samples, thethis album it's noisy, it's a Electropop/R&B album with a lot of samples. I think that Derulo for this album misuse too many samples, the perfect example it's "Love Hangover" a horrible pop track where he samples "Who can it be Now". n this album there are only 9 tracks, however there are good songs, like "In My Head", a really good 'synth rock' song, very original, but also bad songs like "Fallen" and "Blind" where he try to made R&B, but he fail. Generally there are few tracks, with a lot of bad samples, but some songs are original and good, i give 4 to this album because i wanna be kind Full Review »
  2. Oct 21, 2010
    6
    I think Jason Derülo has the ability to write decent songs and dance well. On this album, he showcases that he is comfortableI 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. Full Review »