Omarion is a wasted talent as far as I’m concerned. As an avid R&B listener, I always thought Omarion was better than the material he put out. The day when Omarion puts all the focus on his unique voice that registers in a one of a kind sweet spot between a whiny and raspy will be the day he finally makes the quality music I know he can. This isn’t that day though, and the Care Package EP, while good, is nothing close to spectacular.
The intro is a clusterfuck of R&B jargon mixed with airy 808’s and canned conversation. That’s not to say the intro isn’t good; it’s just not really worth noting. The first track of the EP is “Admire,” and with its hypnotic minimalistic intro, the song is the EP stand-out, and for that reason, not a good starting track. The rapper on the song, Problem, absolutely kills the song. Actually, “Admire” probably would have been better as just a song by Problem featuring Omarion. R&B D-list member Tank is also on the track, but that’s pretty much all you can say about him. Overall, the track goes down well and is the only real album-worthy cut in this collection.
I”ll be honest here, up until “M.I.A.” this EP sounds just like Omarion found some scrapped album tracks and said “Whatever.” The second song on the EP ,“Arch Your It,” has pretty good production, but Omarion’s lyrics are so contrived that he actually is singing with a cadence and phrasing ripped straight from 2Chainz… I repeat, Omarion flowing like 2Chainz. Moving on, this song’s unnecessary feature is occupied by a lyrically adequate Trae Tha Truth. Not sure how that feature happened, but it’s always good to hear Trae, so thumbs up I guess. “Private Dancer,” “Out Loud,” and the song that follows the lame “Rozay Interlude,” “Trouble,” are R&B songs at their most standard. There’s nothing special about anything in those songs, and so I just want to get them out the way.
“M.I.A.” is at least more upbeat than the other shamelessly bedroom pandering tracks. Wale has a decent verse to add to Omarion’s energetic vocals. “Ode to Tae” is a nice try at the more genuinely emotional R&B that The Weeknd has made popular recently. But I don’t buy Omarion’s emoting, and I don’t think many other’s will either.
As a whole, the Care Package EP is nice, but gets painfully boring quick. I understand that a lot of songs in this collection were for baby-making, but to be frank, there are too many quality songs out there to have sex to for someone to settle for anything on this EP… Except “Admire,” that song is dope.