The year was 1981, and a music legend in the making, Prince was slowly crafting his musical royalty legacy. Before releasing his fourth album, Controversy, Prince introduced the band The Time to the world with their self-titled debut album.
Second Listen Sunday: Jamie Foxx, Best Night Of My Life
Multi-faceted entertainer Jamie Foxx had already achieved numerous successes across many entertainment avenues when his fourth album, Best Night of My Life, hit stores in the winter of 2010. Foxx’s previous album featured “Blame It,” the biggest hit of his career. While by no means the best song in Foxx’s catalog, the track did expand his fan base musically.
Foxx opens up his fourth project with the soulful intro “This Will Be,” a play cover of Natalie Cole’s “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) .”Foxx then hits the listeners with three of the album’s singles. First is the Wiz Khalifa-assisted “Best Night Of My Life,” which has a nice grown-man vibe. Next, Foxx samples the legendary “Frank White” for Living Better Now and allows Rick Ross to drop a hot 16.
Finally, there’s “Winner,” where he gets features from Justin Timberlake, and T.I. Sports fans may remember hearing this track during the 2010 NBA Playoffs when it was the official theme song of the series. Typically novelty songs don’t hold up well, but twelve years later, I feel that “Winner” held up as the track still gets me hype.
Listeners are then subjected to the mediocre album tracks “Freak,” “Hit It Like This,” and “Yep Dat’s Me,” which all find Jamie Foxx trying to reclaim his youth. Thankfully Jamie picks things up with the Drake-written and assisted “Fall For Your Type.” Noah “40” Shebib produced the song with vocal production by Rico Love. Drake originally recorded the song for his debut studio album, Thank Me Later.
However, Foxx never tries to imitate Drake on the song, instead allowing his signature vocals to come through on the record. Foxx stays in the R&B field for the following few tracks. “Gorgeous” is a decent pillow talk set up for the bedroom records “Let Me Get You On Your Toes,” “15 Minutes,” and “Sleeping Pill.”
While Foxx never reaches the heights of the bedroom bangers from his sophomore album with the songs mentioned above, the tracks are decent slow jams. Unfortunately, after “Sleeping Pill,” Foxx tries to keep up with trends and fails. “Rejoice” is an overly safe ballad that didn’t need the auto-tune.
While “All Said And Done,” and the album’s closer’s “Sex On The Beach” are some of the worst songs in Foxx’s catalog. On the one hand, I get what Foxx was going for trying to appease fans of “Blame It,” but at the age of 43, it just doesn’t work this time around.
As music trends often change, I’ve never expected Foxx to reach the heights of his first two solo albums. However, an artist of Foxx’s talent didn’t need to release a project with this much filler. Fifteen tracks was a bit much. The results might have been better if Foxx had cut his fourth album down to ten songs.
Final Grade: C
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