Review: Jason Derulo – Tattoos (Album)


Artist: Jason Derulo
Release: Tattoos (Album)
Release date: Out now

After achieving such great success since his debut self titled release back in 2010, Jason Derulo is back with a third helping of r’n’b goodness.

Naturally his two most recent and totally addictive singles ‘The Other Side’ and ‘Talk Dirty’ start the album off with a bang and make sure you don’t stop listening. Current UK number one ‘Talk Dirty’ Feat. 2 Chainz is a song that has managed to make the entire nation shake its booty to trumpets, perhaps even more than Rizzle Kicks did. Obviously his new favourite instrument, these addictive brass sounds continue in ‘Trumpets’– a really fun song with equally amusing lyrics such as ‘is it weird that your bra reminds me of a Katy Perry song?’

Amongst the lighthearted pop tracks are some hidden gems that show off Derulo’s soft side, including the Timberlake esque ‘Stupid Love’ and the quite touching piano led ‘Marry Me’– enough to make any girl say yes! ‘Vertigo’ is another ballad which boasts the addition of his talented other half Jordin Sparks and her powerful voice. Her tone perfectly compliments Derulo’s and the great relationship between them is clear throughout.

The album title track ‘Tattoos’ continues this romantic theme with a great metaphor for the up and downs of love with lyrics such as ‘guess you’re permanent, can’t be removed’ and ‘how can I get over you when you’re all over me’, plus a melodic chorus that’s impossible not to sing and sway along to.

As well as down tempo tracks, in true Derulo style he has still ensured plenty of time to party. ‘Fire’ featuring Pitbull is not surprisingly the most dance led track on the album – with massive beats you expect that make you instantly want to go out and party. ‘Side FX’ featuring The Game is also a great upbeat tune, taking on an almost latino sound that makes it hard to sit still. ‘With The Lights On’ throws out a deep, dirty dance sound reminiscent of Rihanna’s ‘Unapologetic’ era, with cheeky and flirtatious lyrics to match.

From thoughtful ballads to party anthems, this album is packed full of addictive pop exactly as you’d hope from this r’n’b connoisseur. If you make one Tattoo permanent this Autumn, make sure it’s Jason Derulo’s!


Reviewer: Claire Rollins

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