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Jul 5, 2011
Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Ratings
King of Hearts -- Lloyd's fourth album -- is his first release with Polow da Don's Interscope-affiliated Zone 4 label.
out of 14
Most of the successive leaks and singles continued the trend, and King of Hearts, in turn, is clearly the singer's best album yet.
This Atlanta-based R&B crooner has utilized the extraordinary sweetness of his voice to get away with plenty of lines that would sound irredeemably sleazy coming from other singers.
Lloyd's fourth album, King Of Hearts, doubles down on his amorous enthusiasm, pushing it to such delirious extremes that these songs feel risky and uncharted even as they play to his most obvious strengths.
King of Hearts has taut production (mostly by Polow da Don) that takes in everything from synthy club pop to retrosoul, but what holds it together is the salacious silliness.
While the lyrics are cliched to a fault, Lloyd is a convincing loverman across the range of backdrops he's given. [Apr 2012, p.81]
As a singer, Lloyd possesses a levitating croon and admirably fills out most of producer Polow Da Don's synthetic boudoir songs.
Lloyd shows little nuance, and Polow Da Don doesn't color in the tracks with enough interesting musical flourishes to mask some of the vocalist's weaknesses.
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