It's like he's forgotten why he got popular in the first place. Him in DGD was something different, now this is just him doing bad covers of good songs. I could hunt youtube for better covers than this.
While I wouldn't say these are offensively bad I 100% agree with your first point. Him in DGD was like something I never heard and the power he displays in that first Emarosa album still gives me chills. The problem with this R&B stuff is he doesn't hit those big throaty inspirational choruses like "Lemon Meringue Tie", "Heads or Tails Real or Not", etc.
Well that and there are a million decent R&B singers singing about bottles and models. He had a niche, a defining and interesting approach and he's blowing it by just becoming one of the crowd.