The-Dream has said his third album is "deeper than space," but it's more like a victory lap — a plush, pleasure-packed album on which the Atlanta singer-songwriter plays the hyperconfident Lothario and avoids risks. At times the self-described "R&B Gorilla" keeps his touch too light: The melodies here don't stick like classic Dream-penned tracks such as "Mr. Yeah" (or "Umbrella"). Love King is the soul-music equivalent of Dream's beloved Patrón: Not exactly eccentric, but finely crafted and intoxicating.
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