May 8th, 2009
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A little over a year after the release of their debut, Day26, which has gone on to sell a just under 400,000 copies, Robert, Que, Bryan, Mike and Wille, also known as Day26 are back with the release of their sophomore album titled Forever In A Day. The album debuted at #2 on Billboard Top 200 chart, selling 113,000 copies. Yet, after 2 weeks after its release, the album has yet to surpass what Day26â€™s debut album did in its opening week.
Forever In A Day features production by some of the biggest names in the industry including Bryan-Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri, Jazze Pha, Ne-Yo, Tank and T-Pain just to name a few. Regardless of sales, Day26 does not fail to deliver this time around. Forever In A Day takes a little bit of a different approach as the debut. Fans will definitely appreciate the albums well rounded sound, covering ballads (Perfectly Blind, Reminds Me Of You), mid-tempos (Think Of Me, Bipolar, Babymaker) and even a few club joints (Shawty Wats Up, Imma Put It On Her, Need That).
The album opens with an up-tempo, slightly bland track Just Getting Started before moving into the lead single Imma Put It On Her. Although the track could do with out Mr. Bitchassness a.k.a. Diddy, the track is definitely a banger. Wheather youâ€™re in your car or at the club, you just canâ€™t help singing along to the catchy chorus, â€œImma put it on her, imma-imma put it on her ayyy!â€ Next up is the T-Pain assisted track. Now Teddy Pain is known for making hits, but Shawty Wats Up falls a bit short of my expectations. I canâ€™t quite put my finger on it, but something is missing from the track that could have added a certain je ne sais quoi found in most T-Pain hits.
After three up-tempo tracks, the album takes a different direction. With the exception of the nonsensical track, Stadium Music, Day26 slows it down delivering solid mid-tempos and a couple of ballads. One of the albums standout tracks and a personal favorite of mine is Bipolar. â€œBipolarâ€ is the type of track you look forward to listening after reading the track list. I didnâ€™t know what to expect from the track, but after hearing it the first time I had to replay it a couple times. The love song gone wrong is entertaining to say the least. Day26 show off their strong vocals in Perfectly Blind, an extremely smooth, slow jam beautifully written by band member Qwanell â€œQueâ€™ Mosley and former Danity Kane member Dawn Richard.
R&B groups are typically known for their slow jams. So Good, Girlfriend and Babymaker are three of the albumâ€™s slow jams that donâ€™t do much for me. The album fillers just sound like left overs from the first album. I was quick to yawn at the Ne-Yo penned track Then Thereâ€™s You, but after a few listens it grew on me. Fellas, if youâ€™re having problems with your girl and you just wanna let her know you appreciate all she does for you (or you just wanna get some), this is the track you should dedicate to her. The songs smooth delivery is sure to make your girl blush. Fast forward through the 90â€™s throwback, up-tempo Need That and the oh-so-boring Reminds Me Of You and you have the albums gem, my favorite, Your Heels. The Jazze Pha produced track about heel admiration is a feel good track that screams summer anthem. If the boys and their management are smart, they would release the song as a single. Iâ€™ll go as far as saying Your Heels could be Day26â€™s breakthrough. The album closes with a mid-tempo track, Truth Is A Lie. The beat on this song is straight fire! The track pretty much summarizes the album as a whole, good production and good vocals.
If you enjoyed Day26â€™s debut, then you will definitely enjoy their follow-up. Day26 is definitely headed towards the right direction in this album, balancing ballads and mid-tempos with the club joints. Iâ€™ll admit, the album requires a few listens to really get into it and appreciate it for what it is, but itâ€˜s worth it. In conclusion, I would defiantly recommend Forever In A Day to all you music lovers out there.