LLOYD plays the Molson Amphitheatre on Friday (August 19). See listing Rating: NNN
Lloyd is one of contemporary R&B's gentler and more textured singers, something producer Polow da Don takes full advantage of on King Of Hearts, which treads a fine line between charming and cringe-worthy.
Opening with Dedication To My Ex (Miss That) - a ridiculously cynical Motown song obviously following the profanely feel-good formula that worked for Cee Lo's Fuck You - the album recovers with a blend of skittery Southern beats and choruses that evoke the earnestness of 80s-era R&B (in tone more than content).
Jazzy trumpet and guitar lines add a touch of class to Naked's cornball baby-making atmospherics, while sensuous mid-tempo singles Lay It Down and Cupid are the best moments, perfectly playing up Lloyd's boyish vocal charms.
Top track: Lay It Down