A Lack of Talent
He should have stayed out.
"Anonymous" is typical of the album as a whole: it's got a catchy beat and decent lyrics. But the package as a whole is fatally undone by Valentino's lack of true talent and his flat, amateurish vocals, which make him seem like an ebony version of former American Idol hopeful Sanjaya Malakar.
So what's wrong with his singing? Well, to be specific, dude can't carry a tune to save his life. And his range is extremely limited. AND he has a very uninteresting and forgettable vocal style. And to make matters worse, he punishes us by making this album a full hour and 10 minutes long, and doesn't even have the decency to throw in a lot of guest performers to distract people from his weak, sometimes off-key, vocals.
Of the album's 16 tracks, there are just three guest appearances: in addition to Timbaland appearing on "Anonymous," Ludacris (just barely) appears on "Rearview" and Fabolous drops some tight rhymes on "Let Him Go." Two or three fewer songs and two or three more guest appearances definitely wouldn't have hurt the album.
And so the bottom line is this: unless you find yourself swayed by sex appeal and other things that have nothing to do with singing, then the nonsense on Special Occasion probably isn't for you.