King of Hearts
Released On: Jul 05, 2011
Released By: Interscope / Young Goldie / Zone 4
Seductive tenor Lloyd stages a musical rebellion with his album, King of Hearts. It not only marks the singer/songwriter's first album in partnership with award-winning producer Polow Da Don's Zone 4 Records, it also signals a personal rebirth for the multi-talented artist.
Powering the ascent of Lloyd's new single "Lay It Down" are a throbbing bass and drum beat — set off by slow jam synths — further accentuated by a newfound, commanding urgency in Lloyd's persuasive and smooth vocals. Adding to the heat factor is the 50 Cent assisted "Let's Get It In," a track about making the most out of a moment at hand. The singer further ramps up the romance and energy on "Have a Drink," the track which truly expresses the theme of the album is jumpstarted by cymbals and a memorable opening line. A more personal side of the singer emerges on the soul-baring "Since You Left Me." Introduced by the sound of a heartbeat, the think-twice ballad tells the story of a woman who doesn't realize what a good man she had until he's gone.
That lifestyle, biographical vibe — coupled with a newfound energy, added maturity and vocal boldness — is the hallmark of King of Hearts, which features collaborations between Lloyd and such writer/producers as Awesome Jones!!!, Timbaland, Pharell, Ester Dean, Ryan Lovett, Jerry Wonder and Jim Jonsin. The album is executive produced by hitmaker and Zone 4 principal Polow Da Don (Keri Hilson, Chris Brown, Usher) along with manager/executive Henry "Noonie" Lee (Ciara, Jeezy, Jazze Pha), and Lloyd himself.