The-Dream is back with another album, Genesis, and I’m all ears. As the name implies, the new release is dealing with God, signifying an interesting change of
topic atmosphere since the last EP Love You To Death (that I had already reviewed in December, see here), that was mostly personal, almost introverted and nostalgic.
Religious themes have been a re-occurring thing within pop culture, however in most cases these references have been lacking a certain depth, something that goes beyond the protagonist’s relationship to God, beyond statements like Only God can judge me. What The-Dream is doing here (especially in Blasphemy, a track on Genesis) is installing a frame of sacrality around topics that could have been (and usually are) portrayed in a way more mundane way.
You can almost feel that this album is the result of some kind of epiphany. Given that The-Dream is, or should be, your average R’n’B artist singing about indulgence in sexual intercourse and party, I can’t explain the emergence of this album other than by the appearance of an angel who came down to touch The-Dream’s face at night when he was sleeping. This led to a drastic change in his cognition, him thinking in bigger pictures, ultimately paying more respect to his existence than if he would only be be singing about the shallow joys of capitalism. What’s bigger than God? That’s right, nothing.
The-Dream has collaborated with Gym Class Heroes, Big Sean, Pusha T, Solange, Drake and Snoop Dogg. He wrote Umbrella for Rihanna and Beyoncé’s All The Single Ladies. He has also released a bunch of albums in the past, and I’m not familiar with most of them.