A Love Surreal begins as an erotic funk romp: "Let me lick you and roll you up," Bilal purrs on "Climbing," elsewhere bragging about his "Winning Hand." But then he shifts moods, and the music grows far more abstract. Bare-bones piano and snapping fingers stretch out "Right at the Core"; "Astray" blows along with a rippling guitar solo and musings of "feeling chills in the summertime ... something happens to the weather when you're gone." This is a difficult work that unfolds in layers, and he seems to delight in his inscrutability. "Butterfly," he sings, "the struggle makes you beautiful."