March 04, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it a C+

The material obsession that courses throughout the sophomore disc by this megasuccessful songwriter-turned-singer comes as no surprise, considering the title. But as the Black Eyed Peas once wondered, Where is the love? ”If you got a booty, shorty, show me your thong,” The-Dream demands on the final track on Love Vs. Money, as if paying tribute to Andy Samberg and the Lonely Island guys. That alpha-jerk machismo is mitigated somewhat by the intoxicating future-soul sonics on songs like ”Right Side of My Brain.” But The-Dream’s vision of romance mostly plays like a nightmare. C+

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