Lessons in Love

Lessons in Love

by LloydLloyd


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The big lead single from Lloyd's third album, "Girls All Around the World," has a couple connections with "You," the number one R&B single from 2007's Street Love. Lil Wayne's guest roles are the most obvious similarity between the two, while "Girls All Around the World" is built around the same drum break -- the one from Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers' "Ashley's Roachclip," a source for the likes of Eric B. & Rakim's "Paid in Full" and Milli Vanilli's "Girl You Know It's True," to name two of the almost countless -- used on P.M. Dawn's "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss," a song that, like "You," quoted Spandau Ballet's "True." "Girls" easily qualifies as this album's most major drawing point, fit for summer with that familiar bounding beat and breezy synth-string accents, not to mention Wayne, who can't help but humorously reference "Paid in Full." And, of course, there is Lloyd, the should-be honorary DeBarge, with his loveable wannabe-thug falsetto. Incorporating some more club-oriented material wouldn't have hurt the album, given how safe it tends to play it, filled out with gentle midtempo cuts and slow jams, much of which comes across as Street Love reheated. That becomes increasingly obvious as the tracks roll on, especially during the latter half, where two of the album's more ridiculous tracks, "Party All Over Your Body" and "Touched by an Angel," are paired together, their disparate titles and sonics belying thematic sameness (or mindlessness). And the heartfelt sentiment within the Outfield-referencing "Lose Your Love," earlier in the set, seems more of a put-on than any of Lloyd's tough-guy photo poses. "I'm Wit It," a low-slung but urgent post-Neptunes strutter, is where Lloyd really excels, flashing some vocal gymnastics, swimming and diving through the beat while balancing desperation with swagger. Between that, "Girls," and a couple other standouts, Lessons in Love cannot be dismissed, but Lloyd will have to really change it up with his fourth album to evade a real holding pattern.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2008
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602517756946
catalogNumber: 001151702

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lloyd   Primary Artist
Eric Hudson   Musician
Maurice Sinclair   Drums,Keyboards
Elvis Williams   Keyboards
Jasper Cameron   Keyboards,Background Vocals
James Devon Brabham   Keyboards
Jason Perry   Strings
Allison Traylor   Guitar
John "JT" Tyler   Bass
Doug Whatley   Horn
Lloyd Polite   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Eric Hudson   Producer
Carlton Lynn   Engineer
Sandy Brummels   Art Direction
Irv Gotti   Executive Producer
Vernon Mungo   Engineer
Ralph Cacciurri   Engineer
Henry "Noonie" Lee   Executive Producer,Management
Phenom   Producer
Adonis Stropshire   Engineer
Amber Noble   Marketing
Rico Love   Vocal Producer
Miles Walker   Engineer
Brian Kennedy   Producer
Donald Albright "D Day"   Marketing
Steve Fisher   Engineer
R.L. Huggar   Composer
Lorenzo Myles   Engineer
Chad "C Note" Roper   Engineer
Ryan Lewis   Management
O.A.K.   Producer
Polow da Don   Producer
Lloyd Polite   Executive Producer

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Lessons in Love 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Personally, i love the album. It's like lloyd is maturing in his life and he put it on this album. When listening to the songs i realize each and everyone of them have something to do with love or lust. This was better than his last one. I give him a 1o.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just heard Lloyd's 3rd album. He's sounding so much better vocally and I like the album's good balance of danceable songs and ballads. It has some smooth and catchy number, more on the electronic and live ends as well. And again, he sings an '80s chorus during a song, this time in Lose Your Love, with the Outfield's 1985 hit Your Love. I caught that right there while listening and as a 38-year old fan of that classic, thanks for interpolating it in your song Lloyd! The album tends to wear thin between tracks 8 to 10, but there's stronger songs all around it. The themes on relationships and what Lloyd wants in a woman and what women and men should do in them is very felt in most of the lyrics. Reese and Jasper produced 5 of the songs, and there are 6 other producers on the others, but the 3 Eric Hudson -produced songs give the rest some stiff competition on the music front! This could perform at or better than his 2nd album if given the right push with the singles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago