Trey Songz returns with “Back Home.”
5. BE MY GUEST
“Be My Guest” opens up Back Home wonderfully.
Celina Powell must be a liar because Trey Songz sounds like the ultimate gentlemen on “Be My Guest.” Throughout the song, he passionately lets his woman know that she can stay at his house as long as she wants, that she can call him big poppa as much as she wants, and that she can have as many of his Strawberry PopTarts that she wants.
While the vocal performance that Trey Songz puts up on “Be My Guest” is fantastic, I think the lyrics on the song are even better.
“Circles” should resonate with folks that are currently in a dysfunctional relationship.
In “Circles,” Trey Songz sings his heart out about love and how it tends to grow, tends to overcome hardships, and tends to withstand time.
The hook that you hear on “Circles” will make you feel like you are in a whirlwind. The verses that you hear on the song will remind you how wishy-washy individuals can be when they are boo’d up.
3. TWO WAYS
“Two Ways” is an intoxicating slow jam that will have you in your feelings in more than two ways.
“Two Ways” is the kind of song that will set the mood. It features a soothing instrumental, a truly special vocal performance, lyrics that will make you want to confront your sneaky-ass lover, and melodies that you will drown in. All in all, Trey Songz is the only dude on this planet that can make a song like “Two Ways.”
2. 2020 RIOTS: HOW MANY TIMES
In “2020 Riots: How Many Times,” Trey Songz lets us know that he is tired of racism like all of us are…
My favorite Trey Songz album is his first one. On it, he sings like a dude that practically grew up in the church. In “2020 Riots: How Many Times,” the Virginia native goes back to his old school sound. Not only does he bless us with a vocal performance that will pierce your soul and warm your heart, but he also dishes out honest lyrics about his frustrations with America’s racist ways.
If you listened to “2020 Riots: How Many Times” from start to finish and didn’t tear up, you are one very strong individual.
1. BACK HOME
Trey, why are you leaving home in the first place? (Does this dude know that we are in a pandemic)
“Back Home” is a feel-good song that features a wholesome beat by HitMaka, a retro hook by Trey Songz, and verses by both Trey and Summer Walker that are powered by soulful vocal performances and adorable lyrics. When it’s all said and done, I think it is literally impossible to hate “Back Home.”
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. BE MY GUEST (5/5)
2. SAVE IT (4/5)
3. HANDS ON (3/5)
4. LOST & FOUND (4/5)
6. ROUND & ROUND (N/A)
7. TWO WAYS (5/5)
8. HIT DIFFERENT (4/5)
9. CATS GOT MY TONGUE (3/5)
10. BACK HOME (5/5)
11. ON TOP OF ME (4/5)
12. ON CALL (4/5)
13. NOBODY’S WATCHIN (4/5)
14. SLEEPLESS NIGHTS (3/5)
15. GLA (4/5)
16. RAIN (4/5)
17. TUG OF WAR (4/5)
18. ALL THIS LOVE (5/5)
19. OG LOVELUDE (N/A)
20. 2020 RIOTS: HOW MANY TIMES (5/5)
21. I KNOW A LOVE (4/5)
22. NOAH LOVE (N/A)
Trey Songz sounds like a man that is ready to settle down on Back Home. Throughout the album, you get a version of the 35-year-old singer that sounds like he wants to give up on his partying ways, a version of the 35-year-old singer that is ready to embrace love, and a version of the 35-year-old singer that wants to take his time in the bedroom.
If you aren’t a fan of old school R&B music, you will not like Back Home at all. As I stated in the previous paragraph, there isn’t a single song on the album that I would call a club song; instead, the album features an obnoxious amount of slow jams. With that being said, I think there is value in the phenomenal vocal performances that Trey Songz gifts us with on the album. I think there is also value in the maturation that he shows as a human being on the album. Where I think he swings and misses is in his inability to remind folks that he is much more than a generic R&B crooner.
— Ratings Game Music (@RatingsGame) October 9, 2020