Review: Jason Derulo's 'Future History'

Singer Jason Derulo at KIIS FM's 2011 Wango Tango Concert at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Story highlights

  • Jason Derulo swings hard, but often misses
  • It's when he scales back on the synths, as on ''That's My Shhh,'' that he thrills
  • Perhaps his biggest problem is that he's not rooted in any genre outside of people-pleasing pop
On his latest, Future History, Derulo makes several attempts at home-run club records and huge ballads.
He swings hard, but often misses -- perhaps his biggest problem is that he's not rooted in any genre outside of people-pleasing pop; lead single ''Don't Wanna Go Home,'' built heavily on multiple samples, is the rare victory here.
It's when he scales back on the synths, as on ''That's My Shhh,'' that he thrills.
The man should give true R&B a try. B-