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R&B - Released October 25, 2019 | R&B Money - Atlantic Records

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R&B - Released January 22, 2016 | R&B Money - Atlantic Records

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Tank's seventh album is presented as a sequel to his third one. Released in 2007, Sex Love & Pain debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, was his second album to top the R&B chart, and received a Grammy nomination. When albums are connected to past triumphs, they tend to be last-gasp attempts at regaining relevance, but the singer hadn't experienced a commercial decline prior to the release of Sex Love Pain & II. B.A.M. and Tank, rather than primary Sex Love & Pain collaborators the Underdogs, produced most of these tracks, so this is no nostalgia trip. While there are some instances where Tank is either longing for his woman or seeking repentance, the bulk of the album regards its title's first word. Tank's armed with another bunch of sleek slow-jam productions to complement his libidinous verses and, more than ever, his name is representative of his lyrical subtlety as much as his build ("Make your face my chair, leaking everywhere," etc.). He's still targeting teen and young adult listeners with material that falls in line with commercial R&B radio playlists. On "#BDAY," which features three guests who range from 12 to 17 years younger than him, he declares "I just want to help you celebrate," then offers a series of directions that includes "Put them candles down and get to the cake" and "Show me that it's real." "Relationship Goals," featuring one of the album's better slinking productions, is as single-minded, though it's more about giving than "BDAY," with "How about we start with my tongue from the waist down?" and promises to "beat it up." Tank's voice is as strong as ever. The repetition of the largely unimaginative lyrics and number of indistinct productions, however, make the album verge on monotony. This is not among his better, more imaginative releases. ~ Andy Kellman
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R&B - Released August 11, 2014 | Atlantic Records

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R&B - Released October 25, 2019 | R&B Money - Atlantic Records

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R&B - Released August 8, 2014 | Atlantic Records

Durrell Babbs was rolling as smoothly as ever in 2014. This Is How I Feel, his fifth album, had gone Top Ten, while the product of his collaboration with Tyrese and Ginuwine, as TGT, debuted at number three and was Grammy-nominated for Best R&B Album. Though his adequate and sometimes brow-raising sixth album might seem fittingly titled, it's more descriptive of his career than of the content. "Stronger" itself, one of his best ballads, regards perseverance and devotion, yet Last Ditch Attempts would be a more descriptive title for an album with desperate expressions like "I'll come to his house and help you pack your bags" and "'Cause I'm praying now/I give to the homeless now." On "If That's What It Takes," Babbs takes it to a new level by declaring "I'll carry your baby, do that nine months of pain," like he wrote it while watching that episode of The Cosby Show where Dr. Huxtable has an off-the-wall dream after eating a hero sandwich. Through much of Stronger, Babbs relates how much he needs his woman, and how much she means to him, over soft and glistening slow-jam productions from the likes of Young Fyre, James "J-Doe" Smith and Eric "Bluetooth" Griggs, and Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis and Shama "Sak Pase" Joseph. The uptempo songs are highlighted by the opening "You're My Star," with Kelly Rowland present in the background, while "Dance with Me" and "I Gotta Have It" -- the latter the album's lone song about a short-term fling -- are more throwback in nature, offering light disco-funk. The relatively relaxed "Missing You," a more explicitly referential track, is a '70s Marvin Gaye homage built on a rolling, horn-accented groove with a subtle reference to "Distant Lover." It's more convincing than any of Robin Thicke's Gaye tributes. ~ Andy Kellman
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R&B - Released May 25, 2019 | R&B Money - Atlantic Records

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Soul - Released January 17, 2018 | Rebound

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R&B - Released January 22, 2016 | R&B Money - Atlantic Records

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Tank's seventh album is presented as a sequel to his third one. Released in 2007, Sex Love & Pain debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, was his second album to top the R&B chart, and received a Grammy nomination. When albums are connected to past triumphs, they tend to be last-gasp attempts at regaining relevance, but the singer hadn't experienced a commercial decline prior to the release of Sex Love Pain & II. B.A.M. and Tank, rather than primary Sex Love & Pain collaborators the Underdogs, produced most of these tracks, so this is no nostalgia trip. While there are some instances where Tank is either longing for his woman or seeking repentance, the bulk of the album regards its title's first word. Tank's armed with another bunch of sleek slow-jam productions to complement his libidinous verses and, more than ever, his name is representative of his lyrical subtlety as much as his build ("Make your face my chair, leaking everywhere," etc.). He's still targeting teen and young adult listeners with material that falls in line with commercial R&B radio playlists. On "#BDAY," which features three guests who range from 12 to 17 years younger than him, he declares "I just want to help you celebrate," then offers a series of directions that includes "Put them candles down and get to the cake" and "Show me that it's real." "Relationship Goals," featuring one of the album's better slinking productions, is as single-minded, though it's more about giving than "BDAY," with "How about we start with my tongue from the waist down?" and promises to "beat it up." Tank's voice is as strong as ever. The repetition of the largely unimaginative lyrics and number of indistinct productions, however, make the album verge on monotony. This is not among his better, more imaginative releases. ~ Andy Kellman
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R&B - Released May 25, 2019 | R&B Money - Atlantic Records

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Pop - Released January 1, 2002 | Blackground - Interscope JV

Ever the sensitive guy, R&B loverman Tank thoughtfully divides his sophomore disc in two, front-loading it with tender, sexed-up balladry and saving the up-tempo stuff for the second half. On the surface, it's an especially welcome gesture because, in the reverse of how this formula usually works, Tank is much more likely to lose listeners when he aims for the dancefloor than the bedroom. The slow jams here, while a trifle short in the personality department, are decent enough efforts; almost exclusively overseen by Tank himself, they include a pair of keepers with classic lineage. "Supa Sexy" is a successfully atmospheric rewrite of "Sexual Healing," while "Make Me Wanna Sing" uses a sped-up vocal sample from Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You" to create the album's most memorable tune. But when Tank brings aboard members of the Cash Money clan (plus some lesser-known producers) to establish his bangin' bona fides, One Man becomes one heck of a drag. The nadir is the lethargic shout-out "Club," unlikely to ever be played in one. If you make it that far, the shame of the sequencing soon becomes evident, because two of Tank's best efforts are buried at disc's end: the acoustic-based "Better Man" could nearly be neo-soul, and although it inhabits a large patch of R. Kelly territory, "I Still Believe" is still enjoyable melodrama. Minus the club cuts, this collection wouldn't be half-bad, but at least the CD programming won't require much effort. ~ Dan LeRoy
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R&B - Released July 26, 2019 | R&B Money - Atlantic Records

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R&B - Released December 16, 2016 | R&B Money LLC

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Metal - Released November 16, 2018 | Dissonance Productions

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Metal - Released June 3, 2013 | Southworld

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R&B - Released December 12, 2016 | R&B Money LLC

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R&B - Released July 25, 2019 | R&B Money - Atlantic Records

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R&B - Released March 21, 2011 | Charly Records

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R&B - Released June 20, 2006 | Charly Records

Dance - Released April 12, 2011 | Atlantic Records

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R&B - Released June 17, 2014 | Atlantic Records

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