Abel Tesfaye's dark, twisted album is at odds with the glossy pop world he's been thrust into
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Amazingly, this is his ninth album, yet he still sounds fresh.
, and from there on in - with Method Man, Redman and Xzibit helping to sing his praises - it's about how much this man rocks.
Worryingly, for the young pups (especially Canibus, who gets a rocket on 'Back Where I Belong'), he's got a point. Furthermore, proving he's no slouch when it comes to keeping up with musical trends, he's brought in producers like DJ Scratch and one-time junglist Adam F to make sure his beats match up to his evergreen vocal skills. And it works - from the almost Timbaland sheen of 'Imagine That' and 'Queens Is' to the slinky modern R&B of 'This Is Us', this is a man who's not content resting on his self-bestowed laurels.
Amazingly, this is his ninth album, yet he still sounds fresh. As the randy old goat doubtless tells the ladies - LL Cool J, he's got some staying power.
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Oxford's finest flit between gnarly rock and frustrating slickness on an often-brilliant fourth album