Street Love
REVIEWED BY ERICKA SÓUTER

R&B

His 2004 debut, Southside, was a prime example of the new generation of R&B—equally smooth and streetwise. The ballad-heavy Street Love is less edgy, lacking the tough talk and tales of hustling peppered throughout the first outing, but Lloyd’s breathy delivery works best on sensitive slow jams anyway. “You,” an irresistible groove that artfully samples the Spandau Ballet hit “True,” is the clear standout. Just as solid are the playful, falsetto-flecked “Valentine” and “Hazel,” a swaggering ode. The album does have its fair share of filler though: “Killing Me” and “Get It Shawty” are utterly forgettable. Luckily, there is plenty else here worth remembering.

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