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Album Review

Jamie Foxx, 'Best Night of My Life'

January 3, 2011

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It’s just not a party track these days unless you’re calling out top-shelf alcohol by name in three-part harmony. So it goes as Jamie Foxx, actor, romantic crooner, and apparent tequila enthusiast, kicks off his latest full-length. The success of a record like this is pretty easy to track on a utilitarian level: After listening you either want to party with the dude or you don’t. The answer here? OK, sure. But you’re buying the first round. The charismatic Foxx enlists the aid of, well, everyone to argue his case. Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, T.I., Rico Love, Justin Timberlake, Ludacris, Soulja Boy, and Drake all stop by at one point or another, lending their tracks a tug into their respective stylistic orbits. Love’s appearance on “Freak’’ is one standout, with the duo croon-rapping over a hallucinatory synth squiggle that inches toward the indie/electro side of the dancefloor divide and melds a “Thriller’’ melody with a “Safety Dance’’ affect. Solo tracks backloaded onto the latter half, like the slow-jamming throwbacks “Gorgeous’’ and “15 Minutes,’’ seem less relevant. Never mind partying with you, dude, I just want to scroll through your contacts for a few minutes. (Out now) LUKE O’NEIL

ESSENTIAL “Freak’’