Diddy – Dirty Money Last Train to Paris (2010)
If there is any justice in the world, Last Train to Paris will be remembered as one of the most underrated records of its time. The album was a significant step forward from Press Play, sacrificing the latter's loose experimentalism in order to harness a very well-defined sound, incorporating the svelte, lush, expensive and expansive.
Twin singers Dawn Richards and Kalenna Harper gave the entire record a consistent feel, with gorgeous vocals and an icily smooth style that really did epitomize Diddy's most representative lyric: "Smoke weed, listening to Sade." That's to say nothing of the louche swagger of "Shades," the propulsive "Hello Good Morning," the spiritual transcendence of "Angels," the lite-reggae lilt of "Someone to Love Me," or the graceful loneliness of "I Hate That You Love Me." It's a record where each album track feels like a more potent highlight than the last. Last Train to Paris tells a cohesive story without sacrificing each song's unique feel.