Love vs. Money

Studio Album by released in 2009
Love vs. Money's tracklist:
Money (intro)
Rockin' That Shit
Walkin' on the Moon (feat. Kanye West)
My Love (feat. Mariah Carey)
Put It Down
Sweat It Out
Take U Home 2 My Mama
Love vs. Money
Love vs. Money, Part 2
Fancy
Right Side of My Brain
Mr. Yeah
Kelly's 12 Play
Let Me See the Booty (feat. Lil Jon)

Love vs. Money review

The-Dream continues the sex topic

Terius Youngdell Nash professionally known as producer, songwriter and solo artist The-Dream can boast working with Rihanna on her hit Umbrella and co-writing Mariah Carey’s hit Touch My Body and the greatest part of Mary J. Blige’s album Growing Pains, but this is far from the only performers in his career list. Besides he has a Grammy statuette won in the Best New Artist of 2008 nomination. Releasing his debut album Love/Hate in 2007 recorded with his friend and colleague Christopher ‘Tricky’ Stewart Nash never ceased working with other artist – thus, one of his recent achievements is Beyonce Knowles’ single Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), and this year he releases the second creation Love Vs Money. Being a true R&B culture representative The-Dream has preferred to continue the sex topic he has chosen for his debut album so most of the songs will be perfect for any couple’s having a good time together.

Beautiful ballads and club compositions on Love Vs Money

Naturally since The-Dream did not change the topic on Love Vs Money he once again invited his friend Tricky Stewart and producer Carlos ‘L.O.S. da Mystro’ McKinney who has also taken part in working on the debut to record the sophomore effort. Besides the record pleases with the participation of some guest stars but the artist himself definitely plays all the leading roles here. The album consists of 14 tracks and traditionally opens with an introduction Money Intro containing some strange noises. The first full length track Rockin' That Shit is a beautiful ballad making one feel romantic at once which is going to last throughout the entire record. A danceable song featuring Kanye West Walkin' On The Moon is remarkable for an interesting beat, metaphoric lyrics and both artists’ contagious singing while another pleasant surprise her is the composition My Love refined with Mariah Carey’s vocals. This is another R&B classic with a sensual beat and the male and female voices are combined in excellent harmonies here. An example of the best productions on the album is the song Put It Down with a faultless arrangement, besides The-Dream demonstrates what he is really capable of as a vocalist on it whereas another club composition Take You Home 2 My Mama has all the chances to become a hit. There are two title tracks here, Love Vs Money and Love Vs Money, Pt. 2, one being the continuation of the other uniting into a great love story not devoid of suffering because of the abundance of money and lack of love. The longest piece is Fancy one of the record’s highlights telling a whole novel also pleasing with a splendid arrangement offering some unexpected sounds like for example of an accordion. At the end of the album there is another surprise, collaboration with Lil Jon Let Me See The Booty once again meant for a hot club party.

An album consisting of real hits practically all over

Always having something to do producer and singer The-Dream has fully justified his stage name as he is the only one from his poor Atlanta family who has made a success and thus fulfilled his dream and the dream of everyone who loves him. The-Dream’s vocals undergone production sound contagious and sensual than ever on Love Vs Money. There are no failures on this album as each of the tracks is built upon a good melody most of which can be remembered from the very first listening and the performance never lets one doubt how seriously The-Dream treats his own creative work. Possessing a good knowledge of how a real hit should be like this artist has recorded an album consisting of them practically all over and can be sure than this album will be the same successful as the previous one if not more than that. Stylish, bold and extremely sensual Love Vs Money will not become a sensation but is by no means an album to ignore.

Alexandra Zachernovskaya (13.03.2009)
Rate review4.89
Total votes - 434


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