- IV Play

The-Dream - IV Play
CRITIC SCORE
67
Based on 16 reviews
2013 Rank: #601 / 877
USER SCORE
68
Based on
6 ratings

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83
A.V. Club

After a rough couple years where he lost his footing, IV Play reaffirms The-Dream as R&B’s most tireless auteur.

74
Sputnikmusic

IV Play is a simple expose on the least common denominator thoughts of a [likely straight male] club patron.

70
FACT Magazine

It feels as if the lack of stand-out hits on IV Play is a deliberate move to preserve his self-styled auteur position within an increasingly divergent R&B scene

70
HipHopDX

Notwithstanding a couple musical blemishes, IV Play diligently continues The-Dream’s tenure as one of the premier acts in R&B. 

70
Consequence of Sound

After the commercial flop of his recent Internet-released album, Terius Nash: 1977, the producer took a step back to acknowledge what he does best: collaborate.

70
Spin

It would feel like more of a triumph if only we could keep from judging it next to its four predecessors, sonically expansive and thematically dramatic albums that tower — at least for now — over this one.

69
Pitchfork

The brilliant auteur we fell in love with is still in here somewhere. He’s just buried under layers of pretense.

60
The 405

More often than we'd like, The-Dream attempts a filthiness that juxtaposes his safe beats and familiar song structures, lacking the inherent dirtiness that The Weeknd's Abel Tesfaye brings so naturally.

60
Paste

So Dream isn’t in a laughing mood, but he’s wrong to leave behind the guileless sense of wonder that used to be his calling card—the imposture frowning his way through IV Play doesn’t cut it.

60
PopMatters

There are a lot of moments here that are growers if for no other reason than Dream’s ability for cramming songs full of mini-hooks, but again, thanks to the constantly dreary atmosphere The-Dream’s lyrics often come off as totally absurd.

60
No Ripcord

This is an album of average to good songs, with only a few highlights.

50
Tiny Mix Tapes

While his latest album is brimming with similar technical prowess, the lack of drive makes IV Play momentarily gratifying, but essentially disposable.

40
AllMusic

He's never been one for lyrical subtlety, but this set contains several stretches of monotonous, joyless carnality.

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Added on: June 8, 2011


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