With multiple hit singles and one full-length album, Sean Kingston is riding high on a platinum wave. But in his sophomore album “Tomorrow,” he tries to branch away from his dance-pop strengths. While it’s admirable he knows that dance-pop won’t win radio space, he can’t seem to get away from lyrics that have zero substance. Kingston bumbles around his electronic ballads like a child in a fine clothing store with a rapidly melting ice cream cone.
In Kingston’s first single “Fire Burning,” he has a definitive electronica sound much like in his earlier song, “Beautiful Girls.”
“Fire Burning” chronicles a female dancer who destroys the dance floor. The track has a very dance-pop-anthem feel. However, it is followed by the awkward “My Girlfriend,” in which Kingston tries to get a DJ to play a song for his new girlfriend. The track ultimately falls flat.
From a stellar first track, “War,” to his awkward auto-tuned ballads and dance-pop anthems, one thinks Kingston was trying too hard on this record. There are guest artists, like the surprising choice of punk rock group Good Charlotte in “Shoulda Let U Go,” and Wyclef Jean in “Ice Cream Girl,” but none of them inject enough substance into the album to save it.
All in all, Sean Kingston’s sophomore effort is incomplete and poorly assembled. The beats and breaks are great and the production value is high. Unfortunately all his songs are about wooing the opposite sex with little flair. If Kingston stuck to dance anthems and worked with his style, he could be something really special.
For Kingston fans the album is a must, but casual listeners who are only familiar with his singles should stick to what gets radio play.