Album Review: Curren$y - Canal Street Confidential

3 December 2015 | 12:17 pm | John Papadopoulos

"Curren$y might be pushing too hard for commercial appeal."

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Before we even had a chance to miss him, the ever-prolific Curren$y is back with Canal Street Confidential.

Ditching the soulful, live-sounding slow jams he's known for (seen most recently in this year's Pilot Talk III), he adds 808s, ups the tempo generally and even dabbles in trap music. The results are not only far from disastrous but encouraging in certain places (especially for an artist with a catalogue as lengthy as Curren$y's). However, he hasn't mastered it, and the album lacks flow and momentum — the generic-sounding hooks on Bottom Of The Bottle and Superstar suggesting Curren$y might be pushing too hard for commercial appeal.