Album Review: T-Pain - rEVOLVEr
The Auto-Tune king has watched his rap-world currency wane a bit in recent years. (Blame Jay-Z, who famously issued a fatwa against the once-ubiquitous vocal-processing software.) On T-Pain's fourth album rEVOLVEr, though, that dampened bravado actually serves him; gorgeous robo-soul ballads like ''Rock Bottom'' and the Twitter romance ''Default Picture'' feel as intimate as the work of any bedroom troubadour. There's a bit more of an intimate side to T-Pain on this release as well. You get to see more of a humbled artist, rather than the constant club banger.
Don't be fooled though. Those dance anthems are still there. His collaboration with Lil Wayne "Bang Bang Pow Pow" starts the album off in true "Twayne" form. Towards the end of the album he opens up into almost "slow jam-ish" ballads. Chris Brown, R. Kelley and Neyo all make appearances on tracks, rounding out the album into something that actually has a chance to survive.
Now, will it match the success or status of the original "Revolver?" (By the Beatles...) I highly doubt it. I don't think anyone will be listening to T-Pain in 50 years. But who knows, perhaps one or two songs off this album will make it that long.
3 out of 5 hearts
Stand Out Track:
"Best Love Song" (feat. Chris Brown)