Passion, Pain & Pleasure

Passion, Pain & Pleasure

by Trey SongzTrey Songz


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Through the release of his third album, 2009's Ready, Trey Songz appeared to be an up-and-comer poised for top-tier R&B stardom. A fast succession of three Top Ten R&B singles later, that promise was fulfilled. Rather than squeeze every drop from Ready and take a break or open a clothing boutique, Trey chose to build on his momentum. The week Passion, Pain & Pleasure was released, he was on the R&B chart in six forms, whether as a lead or featured artist, and two of those slots were occupied by his own new singles. The shamelessly mindless "Bottoms Up," a thematic sequel to "Say Ahh" that features Nicki Minaj, was already in the Top Ten, and the hushed Mario Winans collaboration "Can't Be Friends," one of 2010's finest ballads, had touched the Top 30. The remainder of Passion, Pain & Pleasure likewise does not stray very far from Ready. After all, only a year separates their release dates, and they are both dominated by Troy Taylor productions. The early singles highlight Passion's first half, which also features the classy pleader "Please Return My Call" and playfully libidinous bedroom ballads like "Massage" and "Love Faces." The album's back half doesn't boast an outlandish moment like "I Invented Sex," either, but it is the strongest, most varied side of a Trey Songz album, just about flawless. It smoothly shifts through several moods. The opulent slow jam "Red Lipstick" rivals anything in a similar mode produced or recorded by the-Dream. Throughout the in-heat "Doorbell," Trey rides lapping/swaying percussion with impressive agility. The sparse, chilling "Unfortunate" is the most affecting post-808s & Heartbreak song yet, wounded and spiteful without coming across as hateful. "Blind," a somber narrative, demonstrates how Trey -- who, for all his lyrical boasting, displays considerable vocal aptitude without flaunting it -- is as comfortable in front of a band as he is over a beat.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2010
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678930157
catalogNumber: 524539
Rank: 10817


  1. Here We Go Again
  2. Love Faces
  3. Massage
  4. Alone
  5. Bottoms Up
  6. Pain
  7. Can't Be Friends
  8. Please Return My Call
  9. Made To Be Together
  10. Pleasure
  11. Red Lipstick
  12. Unusual
  13. Doorbell
  14. Passion
  15. Unfortunate
  16. Blind
  17. You Just Need Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Trey Songz   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Jean-Marie Horvat   Vocals
Stan Slotter   Trumpet
Troy Taylor   Background Vocals,Musician
John Walsh   Trumpet
Olga Konopelsky   Violin
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Gregory Teperman   Violin
Mark Ward   Cello
Johnta Austin   Background Vocals
Nina Cottman   Violin
Patrick "Guitarboy" Hayes   Guitar
Carl Cox   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Stephen Tirpak   Trombone
Frank Nitty   Background Vocals
Allison Traylor   Guitar
John McGee   Musician
Edrick Miles   Background Vocals,Musician
Jr. Charles Parker   Violin
Sasha Gomez   Vocals
Karen Anna Schubert   French Horn

Technical Credits

Dexter Wansel   Composer,Producer
Eric Hudson   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Milton James   Composer
Melvin Moore   Composer
Ryuichi Sakamoto   Composer
Troy Taylor   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Mario Winans   Composer,Producer
Johnta Austin   Composer,Executive Producer
Greg Gigendad Burke   Art Direction
Patrick "Guitarboy" Hayes   Producer
Ezekiel Lewis   Composer,Vocal Producer
Trey Songz   Lyricist,Engineer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Dionnee Harper   Marketing
Bei Maejor   Producer
Steve "Rock Star" Dickey   Engineer
Kane Beatz   Producer
Carolyn Tracey   Package Production
Tha Bizness   Producer
Warren "Oak" Felder   Composer
Jeremy Coleman   Composer
Track Dealer   Producer
John McGee   Composer,Producer
Thiago Pinto   Engineer
Mykola Leontovych   Composer
Tremaine Neverson   Composer
Noah Shebib   Composer,Producer
Edrick Miles   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Aubrey "Drake" Graham   Composer
P. Wilhousky   Composer
Dee Brown   Engineer
Onika Maraj   Composer
John Maultsby   Composer
Andrew "Pop" Wansel   Composer
Mark "the Mogul" Jackson   Composer,Producer
J-MIKE   Producer
Romeo Taylor   Producer,Engineer
Floyd Bentley   Composer
Frank Brim   Composer
Andrew Clifton   Composer,Producer
Zach Steele   Engineer
Chef Tone   Lyricist
Claude Quo Forbes   Composer
Tony Scales   Composer
Jerren Spruill   Producer
Brandon Green   Composer

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