Track Review: Trey Songz, 'Heart Attack'

76 Billboard Rating

TREY SONGZ
"Heart Attack" (3:55)
Producers: Benny Blanco, Rico Love
Writers: B. Levin, R. Love, T. Neverson
Publishers: various
Atlantic Records

On the first single off his upcoming "Chapter V" album, Trey Songz steps away from the party and enters an 8-bit world of heartbreak. Songz digs deep on "Heart Attack," battling loneliness and exploring the emotional lows of love gone awry with lyrics like, "I never knew love would hurt this fuckin' bad/Worst pain that I ever had." The R&B-pop crooner doesn't flex his vocal muscles, instead choosing to ride the pulsing beat from co-producers Benny Blanco and Rico Love. But while Songz' vocal hook lacks the emotional impact of the lyrics, Blanco and Love's production maintains the heaviness of the subject matter. Instead of relying on massive cinematic synths, the producers create a fleeting atmosphere that evokes the song's theme of fickle love. "Heart Attack" is no "Say Aah," but the single will find a nice spot on late-night playlists, when everyone else has gone home.

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