14 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While a lot of modern R&B albums promise bedroom thrills and quickly detour into other subjects, Marques Houston’s fifth solo album Mattress Music fully lives up to its title. Houston stays on topic for all 12 songs, which is something of an accomplishment considering how quickly one can run out of ways to talk about boudoir activity. There is a nice variety here, from unabashedly explicit sex songs (“Mess”) to romantic gentility (“Waterfall”) to sweet, easygoing collaborations with rappers (“Pullin On Her Hair,” “Swag Sex”). The thing that ties the album together isn’t subject matter, but Houston’s approach to it. Mattress Music has a very specific tone to it, steamy but very gentle and breezy. Unlike some R&B lotharios, the singer never goes overboard, making this an effortless, steady listen from front to back — a rarity in the world of R&B bedroom albums. Though the raunchy subject matter may turn away some listeners, this is actually a very clever, meticulously crafted album that has been specially designed for maximum enjoyment. If you put it in and let it play at the right time, you are sure to have no complaints.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While a lot of modern R&B albums promise bedroom thrills and quickly detour into other subjects, Marques Houston’s fifth solo album Mattress Music fully lives up to its title. Houston stays on topic for all 12 songs, which is something of an accomplishment considering how quickly one can run out of ways to talk about boudoir activity. There is a nice variety here, from unabashedly explicit sex songs (“Mess”) to romantic gentility (“Waterfall”) to sweet, easygoing collaborations with rappers (“Pullin On Her Hair,” “Swag Sex”). The thing that ties the album together isn’t subject matter, but Houston’s approach to it. Mattress Music has a very specific tone to it, steamy but very gentle and breezy. Unlike some R&B lotharios, the singer never goes overboard, making this an effortless, steady listen from front to back — a rarity in the world of R&B bedroom albums. Though the raunchy subject matter may turn away some listeners, this is actually a very clever, meticulously crafted album that has been specially designed for maximum enjoyment. If you put it in and let it play at the right time, you are sure to have no complaints.

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About Marques Houston

After joining Immature/IMx as a young adolescent in the early '90s, vocalist Marques "Batman" Houston crossed over into television as a recurring cast member of Sister Sister and took on production duties with some of his IMx mates (as Platinum Status) for B2K and Destiny's Child. Along with producing some of his own material on his debut solo album, 2003's MH, he enlisted the services of Kowan "Q" Paul, Kenny Whitehead, and Platinum Status member Troy Taylor. Naked followed in April of 2005. During the interim, he appeared in Fat Albert, continued songwriting and production work (Omarion, N2U, O'Ryan, Young Rome), and popped up on a mix of 50 Cent's "Candy Shop." Veteran, released in 2007, marked Houston's 15th year in the music business and was his first solo release to top Billboard's R&B albums chart. Released in 2009, Mr. Houston didn't fare quite as well; it peaked at number 12. Undeterred, he followed it the next year with Mattress Music, a set that was his most sexually frank release to date. He later starred in Boogie Town, a film directed by Chris Stokes, his longtime manager and music producer. He signed to Shanachie for Famous, released in 2013. Almost all of the album's tracks were produced by newcomer Immanuel Jordan Rich. ~ Andy Kellman

HOMETOWN
Los Angeles, CA
BORN
August 4, 1981

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