Jamie Foxx: Hollywood

Red-carpet charisma and some R&B drama on the star's fifth LP

Credit: Dan Monick

Jamie Foxx's music has always come with the effortless charisma you'd expect from an Oscar winner. His fifth album balances bumptious party fare (the Pharrell-produced "Tease," the Eighties R&B glide "Baby's in Love") with dark-tinted slow jams like "You Changed Me," where he goes croon-for-croon with Chris Brown, and "Text Message," which builds a glassy hook out of a list of suggestive emojis. Foxx's last album, in 2010, was a cork-popping party stacked with superstar cameos. Here he's alone more often, and the mood is a little starker — especially on the urgent, rock-tinged title track, where he steps outside his smooth-operator comfort zone and brings some real drama.