Nearly two years after Sex Love & Pain II, Tank is back with an album that pretty much has him staying true to his core as a balladeer with (some form of) romance in his lyrics.

Honestly, the first single and title track for this album are extremely deceptive, soundwise. That song is that somewhat incongruous combination of him on Shots Fired and his R&B base.  We got hints of this on the last album and really isn’t any more prominent here.  The only thing it may have served to do is perk up the ears of a different crowd of listeners beyond his core fanbase, but they are going to be disappointed after the end of track two.

Of course, that’s good news for his longtime fans because he immediately goes back to what so many of them love about him in the first place; that deep, expressive voice over a seductive beat.  Vocally, Tank is in his element.  This is another album that is pure babymaker and, while we always want artists to experiment, there is something to be said about being in your element.  Tank does what he does well and always manages to satisfy.  The surprise is You Belong To Me which has him giving us descending falsetto mixed with some autotune runs that don’t take you out of the mood at all.  In terms of overall product it’s probably the weakest track on the album, but it’s still a good listen and perfect for a not-really-listening session or a lovemaking playlist.

The production is what it is.  It’s not bad by any means and, in many cases, makes for excellent moments of confluence between the singer and the beat, but it doesn’t really stand out.  If you are a person that loves unique beats, you are probably not going to fall in love with this.  The production does it’s primary job and supports the singer.  We have a sneaking suspicion that if we played his last few albums back-to-back, the core sound would be so similar that we probably wouldn’t be able to detect the switchover from project to project when not paying close attention.

If you are a Tank fan, you’re going to love this.  If you’ve heard him before and he wasn’t your thing, this isn’t going to change your mind.  This album is exactly what we expected it to be before we heard Savage and, honestly, we are pretty happy about it.

Our favorite tracks are Stay Where You Are, Sexy, F It Up, and Good Thing.  The most skippable tracks are Do For Me and You Belong To Me.

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