Last year he gave us Worldwide; this year it’s Everything [We] Wanted.
Jay Park has dropped an almost entirely English-language album and we are grateful! Don’t be daunted by the length of this album; with the exception of Sex Trip, it includes just every R&B track that the singer/rapper has put out in one form or another in the last year as well as a bunch of new ones.
This album is nearly as feature-heavy as Worldwide but Jay Park has complete control of these tracks in a way that he didn’t on that album. Sure he was the focal point on every song there, but he truly does overshadow almost everyone here with his presence and performance. Some of that might have to do with him being more in his element due to the fact that most of the album is in his native language, but there are fewer features per song as well so he gets more time to do his thing. Only Cha Cha Malone manages to steal the spotlight on Feature and that’s because we didn’t know he could sing.
Everything we’ve ever said about Jay Park still applies here; this is a guilty pleasure album. His vocals are just fine and he brings the energy to the tracks in a way that few others could. The beats are different from track to track, but not so different that there is a whiplash effect and they have a personality all their own. The lyrics here are a little better than expected when it comes to metaphor and just the general way things are said but, again, that likely due to the language of most of the tracks.
Anyone who is a fan of the Park will not be disappointed and those who were introduced to him through and liked Worldwide will probably also like this side of him.
It’s hard to pick favorites out this set due to the guilty pleasure aspect of almost every track but we will pull out Feature, Solo, Alone Tonight, 2nd Thots, and Turn Off Your Phone (Remix). The most skippable track is Stay With Me because it’s an outlier on terms of style and flow of the album.
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