Don't Wanna Go Home
Label: Beluga Heights/Warner Records
Jason Derulo is good at many things: clubby nihilism, dramatic R&B synth-onies, candlelit booty jams, sweeping/desperate crooning over odd/exotic beats (see the Toto-sampling "Fight for You" or the arabesque beats of "Breathing"). He even (almost) pulls off hip-hop swagger. In other words, his second album showcases an artist who can wear many hats, but also risks getting lost under them, leaving us without a strong sense of who Jason Derulo is. What he does best, in fact, is to recreate styles we know and love with just a teensy twist. But that, friends, can be a great recipe for pop success.