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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the New Orleans R&B singer features guest appearances from B.o.B, Fabolous, Jeezy, Pusha T, Rick Ross, and Yo Gotti.
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No Love
August She said she want to stay together(Young money) I don't think I can ooh I swear this is my favourite song I'm serious Red light You know I... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
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  1. Apr 29, 2014
    80
    This is a gratifying second step from one of the most exciting contemporary R&B artists to appear during the 2010s.
  2. Apr 18, 2014
    80
    Alsina’s narrative-driven niche is criminally underrepresented on the pop charts right now. Judging by the way he effectively turns his wounded past into the catalyst for a bright future--he has potential to dominate the lane.
  3. Apr 18, 2014
    80
    Most of this album moves with slowness and throbbing deliberation that focuses the ear and adds urgency to Mr. Alsina’s confessions. It’s also poignant for its intimacy.
  4. Apr 18, 2014
    70
    Testimony brings rap's raw nerve detail to the sturdy slow jam, nullifying the need for nods to R&B of the "rap and bullshit" variety.
  5. Apr 18, 2014
    60
    Finding the balance between sex, love, and ratchet, Testimony is truly a testament to a new era in R&B that shifts safe lyrics to smooth street tales.
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  1. Apr 18, 2014
    10
    One of the best albums I have heard in a very long time. August actually tells a story unlike other singers who rely on sexual records to makeOne of the best albums I have heard in a very long time. August actually tells a story unlike other singers who rely on sexual records to make them relevant. The entire album is fantastic but the key tracks are Testify, Make It Home, You Deserve, Porn Star, Kissin' On My Tattoos, Benediction, and Numb. The features are pretty good for a debut album Rick Ross, Jeezy, Chris Brown, and more. Expand
  2. Jan 2, 2015
    10
    This is the best album that I have ever heard in 2014!Every songs in this album is awesome.And August's voice is so special,I think AugustThis is the best album that I have ever heard in 2014!Every songs in this album is awesome.And August's voice is so special,I think August will be the next big thing in R&B! Expand
  3. Apr 30, 2014
    8
    So, I heard this album the first time and was not super impressed. I found myself comparing August to other artists such as The Weeknd or evenSo, I heard this album the first time and was not super impressed. I found myself comparing August to other artists such as The Weeknd or even (although you really shouldn't) Chris Brown. But, I turned on sudoku and gave him more listens. His pre-released singles such as I Luv this Sh*t and Numb are what gets his voice in your ear, you know, make you like hearing him on repeat. They are why I came. Once in the album, songs like FML, Testify, and No Love (Im biased here, going through breakups and all) draw you more into who he is. Make it home with Jeezy, Grind and Pray/Get Ya Money with Fabolous, and Ghetto with Yo Gotti are worthy listens as well. These songs all really do work together to paint a picture of who August Alsina is, what he wants, what makes him tick. That is generally what you want from a debut.
    This all said, this album is a little different. The production has a bit of a unique twist within it, this is what makes his sound maybe a little off sounding at first, but his sound is overall more enjoyable once his entire album is digested. Try to the journey one full time no distractions. 8.5/10
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  4. Apr 3, 2015
    8
    August Alsina needs more recognition from the public. His lyrics have meaning on this album and the production also makes this album one ofAugust Alsina needs more recognition from the public. His lyrics have meaning on this album and the production also makes this album one of the best R&B albums of 2014, earning this album an overall A-. Highlights: "Make It Home", "Testify", "You Deserve". Worst song: "Right There" Expand
  5. Duu
    May 20, 2014
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The reason that this album is getting a 5 star rating is that I'm grading it as an album. As an album it is fair--6 songs that are worth replaying. "Testify" is very good, "Make It Home" is excellent. The first 7 tracks contain 5 of the 6 songs worth listening to. This is a good first effort by Alsina, and I'm not sure that he will top it because I didn't hear any glimmers of greatness in either the singing or songwriting. This feels like August Alsina's moment to shine and he said something very powerful in "Make It Home". I didn't love this album, but it was not bad either. Just under half of the songs were good. I'd like to hear more from August Alsina and this album was a good first effort. Expand