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Passion, Pain & Pleasure is Trey Songz's fourth studio album that was released on September 14, 2010 by Songbook and Atlantic Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Here We Go Again (Intro) 0:40
  2. Love Faces 4:02
  3. Massage 4:17
  4. Alone 3:31
  5. Bottoms Up (featuring Nicki Minaj) 4:02
  6. Pain (Interlude) 1:25
  7. Can't Be Friends 3:40
  8. Please Return My Call 3:57
  9. Made To Be Together 4:28
  10. Pleasure (Interlude) 1:29
  11. Red Lipstick 4:00
  12. Unusual (featuring Drake) 3:32
  13. Doorbell 3:56
  14. Passion (Interlude) 1:24
  15. Unfortunate 3:49
  16. Blind 4:06
  17. You Just Need Me 3:32

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Passion, Pain & Pleasure" debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and peaked #1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, with first-week sales of 240,000 copies.

It was certified platinum by the RIAA.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Passion, Pain & Pleasure" received positive reviews from most music critics.

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 71, based on five reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".

Allmusic writer Andy Kellman gave it four out of five stars and complimented its second half as "the strongest, most varied side of a Trey Songz album, just about flawless. It smoothly shifts through several moods".

BBC Online's Mike Diver praised the album's "in-depth descriptions of how our protagonist is going to pleasure his other half" and noted Songz's performance as a strength, stating "The skill is in the execution, in the articulation – and Trey is well studied and blessed with some wonderfully smooth vocals".

Sean Fennessey of The Washington Post wrote that the album "is softer and subtler than 'Ready'. There are more ballads here -- and fewer 'panty-droppers' and 'baby-makers'. Instead, Trey is making 'Love Faces' at his girl, or growing reflective, and occasionally maudlin, as on 'Can't Be Friends'".

Tyler Lewis of PopMatters commented that "Songz rides the tonal and rhythmic shifts with impressive agility" and commended "a clearly rejuvenated songwriting team of Troy Taylor, Edrick Miles, Tony Scales, and Songz himself, who in various combinations wrote the lyrics and melodies to nearly every song here".

In contrast, Rolling Stone writer Will Hermes gave the album two out of five stars and stated "it's just steady mackin' over dull, airbrushed slow-jams".

Andrew Murfett of The Sydney Morning Herald expressed a negative response towards its sexual content and stated: "Little, if anything, is left to the imagination here".

Los Angeles Times writer August Brown viewed that Songz "lacks an especially charismatic voice", but complimented its musical quality and wrote that the album "leaves you like a perfect one night stand — you don’t have to remember the person, just the way he or she made you feel".

About.com's Mark Edward Nero stated "this album's musical and vocal quality are consistently good from track to track" and concluded "despite the few miscues, this is clearly Trey's most consistent album yet".

USA Today's Steve Jones gave the album three out of four stars and stated "his consistent passion makes listening a pleasure".

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