DERULO used to bug me but he has turned into a solid R& B act. The guy has always been a great dancer but now his songs are greatly improved and super catchy. He used to announce his own name throughout every song, and it felt like a thousand times through an album. It was horribly annoying, egotistical and corny. But that seems to have been banished. Instead, he’s strutting like a modern- day Craig David, especially on a playful tune such as Trumpets. His big Euro- house hit The Other Side is infectious. It’s cheesy and so much fun. The singing in a higher register on the hook is sensational. The funky horns and dirty talking about booties on Talk Dirty sound like ’ 90s Timbaland in the best way. Of course there is a duet with his girlfriend Jordan Sparks – not bad. Much worse is Fire with Pitbull, predictable Miami electro- trance- pop nonsense. Mid- tempo jam Stupid Love sounds like it should be a classy single. Late album highlight With the Lights On is great fun. He matches the freaky and quirky music by indie- hip- hop producers Cataracs of Like a G6 fame. Silly and super- fun.