11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The fourth album in six years from the hardest working man in pop. He’s not strayed too far from his platinum-lined formula—this is an expertly, expensively crafted set of very danceable, very catchy R&B-infected pop. It’s a hell of a lot funkier, though. The squelchy "X2CU" and the 80s-imbued "Love Me Down" are irresistible party starters, while he tries out a sultry synth sound on "Cheyenne". There’s a starry guestlist of helpers, of course: Jennifer Lopez lights up tender sun-downer "Try Me"; Meghan Trainor injects some of her signature doo-wop pop into "Painkiller"; and Keith Urban and Stevie Wonder take it to church on the fevered "Broke."

EDITORS’ NOTES

The fourth album in six years from the hardest working man in pop. He’s not strayed too far from his platinum-lined formula—this is an expertly, expensively crafted set of very danceable, very catchy R&B-infected pop. It’s a hell of a lot funkier, though. The squelchy "X2CU" and the 80s-imbued "Love Me Down" are irresistible party starters, while he tries out a sultry synth sound on "Cheyenne". There’s a starry guestlist of helpers, of course: Jennifer Lopez lights up tender sun-downer "Try Me"; Meghan Trainor injects some of her signature doo-wop pop into "Painkiller"; and Keith Urban and Stevie Wonder take it to church on the fevered "Broke."

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