Diddy-Dirty Money - Last Train To Paris Review
Posted by Bill Wannop on 12.14.2010
Diddy is back with his new group Dirty Money for his new album Last Train to Paris. Billed as a concept album about a relationship played out over a ride on Europe’s train service, does Last Train to Paris make for an nice, enjoyable first class ride, or does it fly of the tracks and more resemble a train wreck?
Diddy-Dirty Money is the fifth studio album from Diddy and follows up the successful Press Play. When he first announced this project, he stated that it would be a concept album about a relationship played out over a train ride on Europe’s train service. What Diddy did was move into the more electro-dance, R&B fused with hiphop genre. Diddy realized to do this successfully he would need some help so he enlisted the services of Dawn Richards (formaly of Danity Kane) and singer/songwriter Kalenna Harper, comprising the group Diddy-Dirty Money. Add to that the shear number of guests that Diddy enlisted (there are a total of 16 guests on a 16 track album) and you have all the ingredients to make this album a success. Does Last train to Paris have people waiting in line to board, or does it fly off the tracks as a train wreck?
2. "Yeah Yeah You Would" (featuring Grace Jones)
3. "I Hate That You Love Me"
4. "Ass On the Floor" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
5. "Looking for Love" (featuring Usher)
6. "Someone to Love Me"
7. "Hate You Now"
8. "Yesterday" (featuring Chris Brown)
9. "Shades" (featuring Justin Timberlake, Bilal, Lil Wayne, James Fauntleroy)
10. "Angels" (featuring The Notorious B.I.G. & Rick Ross)
11. "Your Love" (featuring Trey Songz)
12. "Strobe Lights" (featuring Lil Wayne)
13. "Hello Good Morning" (featuring T.I.)
14. "I Know" (featuring Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa & Seven (of Richgirl)
15. "Coming Home"" (featuring Skylar Grey)
16. "Loving You No More" (featuring Drake)
The album starts off with Diddy giving an introduction to the story he is creating, basically about love at first sight, how you can meet somebody and that they can take your soul. This breaks into the first track Yeah Yeah You Would, which has an interesting beat with the singers holding their own on the verses, only for Diddy to somewhat ruin the track with his below average raps.
The first thing you notice about the majority of the songs on the album is that Diddy tried to use his budget to get guest stars to help cover up his limitations. The result however is that the guests feel out of place and lace the tracks with subpar vocals, perhaps not wanting to outshine Diddy or Dirty Money. Usher drops in on Looking For Love and feels somewhat wasted as he sings an uninspired chorus talking about looking for love in the club. Shades has Lil Wayne and Justin Timberlake joining the ride, but again they do not provide much in terms of depth or do not give very much in terms of the talent they both possess. Angels has a tight beat and features the Notorious BIG plus Rick Ross and if this was a straight hip hop album would have been a great song. Both rappers drop some great verses, but this song does not fit at all in the concept of the album. The attempted club track of Ass on the Floor features Swiss Beats, and covers the topic of the breakup, getting drunk and trying to find your way back to your lover. This is something everyone can relate too, trying to drink your pain away after a breakup, however the song is just mediocre and will likely not get much play.
Not all of the features are complete throw-aways as Yesterday has Chris Brown showcasing his vocal talent over a slow beat, singing of how yesterday he was in love and today feels like his funeral. Trey Songz owns his spot on Your Love in what turns out to be a raunchy ride of a love song. Lil Wayne reappears to vindicate himself on Strobe Lights dropping a much better verse backed by a funky beat that seems to fit the title of the track perfectly. The banging Hello Good Morning features T.I. at his best, and Diddy manages to bring his best flows and lyrics of the album to try and keep up.
After sifting through all the high profile guests, who for the most part drop pedestrian verses, you come to the realization, that surprisingly the best tracks on the album are those that feature only Diddy and Dirty Money. The piano driven I Hate That You Love Me is an enjoyable song, which has a great hook and decent verses from Diddy, with the same being said for Someone to Love Me. The entire album seems to build to the close out song Coming Home which finally has Diddy letting loose and actually feels inspired, with him dropping great verses with true emotion, making it one of the best tracks Diddy has done to date. Diddy raps “It’s easy to be Puff but it’s harder to be Sean/ What if my twins ask me why I didn’t marry their mom?/ Damn how do I respond?/ What if my son stares with a face like my own / and says he wants to be like me when he’s grown”. The powerful vocals on the chorus really add to the track and as a whole really close out the album on a strong note.
After disembarking on the Last Ride To Paris, what you get is a mishmash of songs. Diddy filled the album with guests, and for the most part it doesn’t work. The guest spots feel forced and drop boring verses. While Diddy should be praised for trying new things and getting assistance from his Dirty Money band mates, unfortunately he does not allow them to showcase their abilities. If he perhaps reduced the number of guest spots and put the spotlight more on Dirty Money, we would have been given a disc with more direction and synchronization. Instead we got a couple good songs, on an otherwise forgettable album.
The 411: Diddy-Dirty Money went out to create a concept album, that unfortunately fails in its delivery. Diddy filled the album with guests, and for the most part it doesn’t work. The guest spots feel forced and drop boring verses.If he perhaps reduced the number of guest spots and put the spotlight more on Dirty Money, we would have been given a disc with more direction and synchronization. Instead we got a couple good songs, on an otherwise forgettable album.