For those who found his vocal style on "Shawty is a Ten" irritating, you'll be happy to know that he doesn't always sing with those little vocal tics ("eh!") on his songs. In fact, "Shawty" is probably the most gimmicky song on the album. Many other tracks, like the sexy second single, "Falsetto" and the Prince-lite bedroom song "Purple Kisses," are firmly rooted in melodious R&B. Other songs, like the cheating/breakup song "Nikki" and it's sequel "She Needs My Love" are hip-hop influenced, but sound more like Justin Timberlake's Timbaland-produced songs than anything else.
There aren't really any five-star songs on Love/Hate, but there are no truly bad songs, either. Likewise, Dream's vocal skills are good, but not great. It's his unique style more than anything that makes him worth listening to. Most of his songs here fall in the three to three-and-a-half star range; there's a lot of good material here, just not enough oustanding songs. The closest thing might be "Livin' A Lie," Dream's duet with Rihanna; the song might eventually become a hit single, but it's still a notch away from being a classic.