Jason Derulo This 20-year-old Miami native hit No. 1 last year with "Whatcha Say," a tasty club-pop confection built atop a sizable chunk of Imogen Heap's 2005… Jason Derulo This 20-year-old Miami native hit No. 1 last year with "Whatcha Say," a tasty club-pop confection built atop a sizable chunk of Imogen Heap's 2005… 2010-03-02 Jason Derulo Pop
Music Review

Jason Derulo (2010)

Jason Derulo, Jason Derulo | RIDIN' SOLO Jason Derulo
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RIDIN' SOLO Jason Derulo
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Mar 02, 2010; Lead Performance: Jason Derulo; Genre: Pop

This 20-year-old Miami native hit No. 1 last year with ''Whatcha Say,'' a tasty club-pop confection built atop a sizable chunk of Imogen Heap's 2005 hit ''Hide and Seek.'' On Jason Derulo, though, Derulo has trouble making an impression. Sure, his precision-geared vocals are 
teen-dreamy enough, but tracks like the robo-folky ''Encore'' and the dreary piano ballad ''What If''' sound pilfered from Ne-Yo's discard pile. One exception: ''The Sky's the Limit,'' which liberally samples the theme from Flashdance. C+

Download These:
Pulsating dance jam The Sky's the Limit at amazon.com
The still-appealing Whatcha Say at amazon.com

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Originally posted Feb 24, 2010 Published in issue #1092 Mar 05, 2010 Order article reprints