He possesses a piercing tenor and an instantly recognizable vocal
presence, something his contemporaries (from Mario to Chris Brown to
Ne-Yo) probably wish they had. And when he has material to match his
voice, he is peerless. “Gotta Go”, from his debut album, was the most
effortlessly soulful pop song to emerge from the recent crop of
millennial R&B new jacks. “We Should Be”, from his sophomore album,
Trey Day, was every bit its equal.
And yet, for as talented and gifted as he is, Songz’ albums are always a mixed bag…