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T-Pain - rEVOLVEr Review
Posted by Bill Wannop on 12.06.2011

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To say that T-Pain has had an impact in the music industry would be an understatement. T-Pain has is responsible for what has been known as the AutoTune craze, which saw many artists use AutoTune effects to an extreme in order to create a distinct, electronic sounding voice. While many artists have duplicated the effect, T-pain is said to be the master, and after many delays due to poor charting of singles, T-pain finally has released his latest album, rEVOLVEr. The album is supposed to highlight T-Pain’s evolution as an artists as well as him dropping use of AutoTune, instead using his own created T-Pain effect. Has T-Pain been able to use the T-Pain effect to show his evolution as an artist or is this the case of the same old same old?

1. "Bang Bang Pow Pow" (featuring Lil Wayne) produced by T-Minus
2. "Bottlez" (featuring Detail) produced by Catalyst, Detail*
3. "It's Not You (It's Me)" (T-Pain vs. Chuckie featuring Pitbull) produced by Chuckie, Fabian Lensse, T-Pain*
4. "Default Picture" produced by Young Fyre
5. "5 O'clock" (featuring Lily Allen and Wiz Khalifa) produced by T-Pain
6. "Sho-Time (Pleasure Thang produced by T-Pain, David "Preach" Balfour*
7. "Rock Bottom" produced by T -Pain, David "Preach" Balfour*
8. "Look at Her Go" (featuring Chris Brown) produced by Billboard
9. "Mix'd Girl" produced by Tha Bizness
10. "I Don't Give a Fuck" produced by Young Fyre
11. "Drowning Again" (featuring One Chance) produced by T-Pain
12. "When I Come Home" produced by T-Pain
13. "Best Love Song" (featuring Chris Brown) produced by Young Fyre
14. "Turn All the Lights On" (featuring Ne-Yo) produced by Dr. Luke, Cirkut

One of the notable things from this release is the significant reduction of guests from his previous album, Thr33 Ringz which T-Pain stated he did purposely in order to show off his evolution as an artists as well as to not turn this album into a ‘DJ Khaled’ type record. The lack of gust stars does work to keep the focus of the album solely on Pain, with tracks like “Sho Time (Pleasure song)”, “Rock Bottom”, “Mix’d Girl”, “I Dont Give A Fuck” having only Pain present. However these songs are probably the weakest on the album, so it is safe to say that T-Pain is at his best when he has some support. The only solo track which is good quality would be the track “When I Come Home”, which has a faster tempo and has Pain singing about how he can’t stand being alone. The track has a surprising amount of emotion compared to the other Pain solo tracks.

T-Pain does have some high profile guests and is one of the best at making the most of their talents. The opening track “Bang Bang Pow Pow” features Lil Wayne, and while it may be a little slower then some of their high profile collabs, again shows the good chemistry between the two and raises the question as to why we have not heard their collab album that has been ‘in the works’ for many years now. “Bottlez” is a party track that will be heard for many months in the club about what else, but getting drunk in the club. “It’s Not You (It’s me)” has that classic T-Pain hook mixed in with a good verse from Pitbull, which again is likely to get the club bumping for months to come. The eventual hit single of “5 O’clock” features Wiz Khalifia with a sampled hook from Lil Allen and again shows what T-Pain can do given the right beat, production with some direction in terms of subject matter.

While T-pain does many things well on this album, he definitely has not evolved as much as he would like the title to suggest. The topics of the songs are very similar to what he has done before and when he does go off on a concept song, it is usually somewhat silly, as is evident by “Default Picture”, which has T-Pain singing about being creepy on Facebook and Twitter over a girl who he loves, with the chorus going “Tweeting what your doing, posting pictures, and I feel like I need to be posting with you/ laid up in the bed somewhere/ smearing makeup, messing up your hair/ making me spend my time/ checking on your timeline/ohhhhh, I’m falling in love with your default picture”. As well while T-Pain has a lot of club tracks that are hits, some could have been better, such as “Turn All The Lights On” which is a hot club single, but seems to be lacking that punch to push it over the edge, something that could have be added with the simple addition of a rap verse from Lil Wayne, B.o.B., Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross or someone similar.

While some of the lyrics, and song subjects are misses, T-Pain manages to hit on all cylinders in terms of his production. He self-produced a lot of the tracks on the album, and add to that some bangers from Young Fyre and Tha Bidnezz, leading to a top notch produced album.

The 411: All in all the album is a typical T-Pain album. Nothing has evolved, with his auto-tune being replaced with the T-Pain effect, which sounds identical to auto tune. T-Pain limited the guests, but the best songs on the album have him sharing the mic giving you a very mixed album. You know what you are going to get with T-Pain. Some will love him, some will hate him, some will put up with him, but it is safe to say there is more then enough quality on here to ensure that AutoTune is indeed not dead.
Final Score:  6.5   [ Average ]  legend


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