One of the most frequently asked questions in music today is where is real R&B? Amongst the hip-pop, party-rock and other hybrid genres, no genre is missed more than authentic R&B. Thankfully, it’s finally time to call off the search parties because real R&B has been found in Tank’s 5th studio album This is How I Feel.
Tank is arguably one of the most underrated veteran artists in music. With over a decade of industry experience under his belt, he’s worked with Ginuwine, Timbaland and Aaliyah. Most recently, he’s collaborated with Drake, Chris Brown and now T.I. The R&B General’s Grammy-nominated 3rd album Sex, Love & Pain is one of my all-time favorites, so needless to say my expectations for this project were extremely high.
While the cover artwork is obviously pleasing on the eyes, don’t get distracted, this veteran could sell this album wearing a turtleneck. From beginning to end, this album is filled with smooth melodies, soul barring lyrics and out-of-this-world vocals. The intro track is the greatest beginning to an album I’ve heard in a long time. The two minute song is a perfect mix of what’s to come. In the lyrics he promises to “separate the man from boys” and sing “real R&B.” Without a doubt, he delivers. Songs like “Nowhere” and “Your One” will immediately have you singing along.
Don’t misinterpret real R&B as boring music. With features from Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, T.I and new artist Kris Stephens this album is anything but boring. The single ”Compliments” featuring Kris Stephens and T.I. is a perfect blend of the three different artists and complex musical layers. The song is also a great introduction to Kris Stephens and T.I.’s rapping is reminiscent of King (also one of my all-time favorite albums).
The final track, “Underrated,” is a perfect ending to this stellar project from Tank. If you weren’t a fan before listening to this album you definitely will be afterwards. You’ll find every word he sings in this song to be true. Tank definitely deserves more credit than he receives and This Is How I Feel gives further proof.
Album Grade: A+
Best Tracks: ”Your One,” “Compliments” and “This Is How I Feel”Tags: Busta Rhymes, Chris Brown, Compliments, Kris Stephens, Nowhere, R&B, T.I., Tank, This Is How I Feel, underrated, Your One