Tank’s Listening Party and Album Review

TankThe ultra-swanky Hennessy Listening Lounge was last week’s hot spot for R & B singer Tank’s listening party. The soulful crooner, who is also a member of TGT with Tyrese and Ginuwine, was on hand to showcase tracks from his latest solo album, Stronger.

The album is appropriately named, for his voice and determination to win are stronger than ever. According to Tank, “the album is all about being better at whatever you want to do in life.”
Tank opened the evening with his sizzling hit, “You’re My Star”, and the crowd roared in delight. The album’s debut single currently rests in the top 10 of the Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs listing and has remained on the charts for 22 weeks.

Tank and Jerry

The party carried on strongly with “Dance With Me”, another jolt-filled jam that had everyone rocking from left to right. One of the song’s producers, Jerry Duplessis, excitedly jump on stage with Tank while the song was playing. In total, Duplessis produced four songs on the album.
Later in the evening, Tank slowed it down on the keyboard with performances of “Please Don’t Go” and his very first hit, “Slowly.”

Tank at keyboard

 The keyboard’s subdued melody really isolated his voice, and it was clear that his vocals are “stronger” than ever (pun intended.)
The album’s 12 tracks (Target CDs contain two bonus tracks) also display Tank’s vocal ranges. “You’re My Star”, “Nobody Better”, “Dance With Me”, and “I Gotta Have It” highlight his up-tempo abilities while “Missing You” has a Marvin Gaye feel to it. “If That’s What It Takes” is the album’s most sultry song. The lyrics I’ll carry your baby/Do that nine months of pain/If that what it takes are compassionately sexy. I’m sure that any woman who’s ever been pregnant can fully appreciate those lines.

Tank credits his musical style to being vulnerable. “I realized that I could be me and be successful,” Tank said. His album’s number one spot on the Billboard charts for “Top R &B/Hip-Hop Albums” and “Top R & B Albums” shows that vulnerability can be a win-win indeed.

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