Surprise, surprise, Snoop Dogg follows up his impotent R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece with something passable to remind fans why he's here. Tha Blue Carpet Treatment isn't entirely as hardcore as the D-O-Double-G built it up to be with all his talk of this being a legitimate return to his gangsta roots; there's lots of languid filler on this 21-track LP. But in his favour, this overlong carpet is composed of a range of blues - from the ice blue of the frigid Vato single featuring a tastefully exhumed B-Real to the dark blues of Timbaland and Dr. Dre's hard-hitting offerings. All the while, Snoop plays to his storytelling strength, crafting a record to show he still cares about the music. Knowing Snoop, now that he's proven he can still make a decent album, he's going to coast for the next half-decade.