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The Tallahassee rapper-turned-singer's second album features guest appearances by his mentor, Akon, as well as Yung Joc, who accompanies T-Pain on the album's first single, the stripped-down, seductive "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')."

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T-Pain opens the liner notes to his hotly anticipated second disc with a couple of helpful definitions: An epiphany is "the manifestation of a supernatural being" (definition No. 1) or "a sudden moment of insight or revelation" (No. 2), the opening page puts forth. Because most of the R&B record-buying world knows that T-Pain is not a supernatural being, but a stylish and inventive singer from Tallahassee, it would seem the second definition inspired the title--T-Pain probably felt flashes of inspiration when laying out the lyrics. A single spin ought to convince listeners a little of both factored in, though: Songs like "Bartender" and "Buy U a Drank" send out a southern hip-hop vibe silky enough to be considered a revelation (thanks partially to Akon, who pitches in on "Bartender"). And because the entire album leans hard on the vocoder, tracks such as opener "Tallahassee Love," a nod to Tupac's "California Love," sound otherworldly, a la definition one. Throughout, T-Pain hands out hooks like there's been a two-for-one sale. Maybe they came to him in a series of epiphanies. Or maybe a benevolent R&B being--some supernatural force who knows how to make a hit record--whispered them in his ear. --Tammy La Gorce

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  • Audio CD (June 5, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive
  • ASIN: B000P0JQ9Q
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Rupert on October 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I was never too impressed by T-Pain because I felt he only made average songs, and his use of the vocoder was so forced that it seemed like he was trying a little too hard to emulate the late Roger Troutman (a notion later confirmed on THIS album with the intro, "Tallahassee Love", which bears more than a striking similarity to Tupac's "California Love"). And now here comes Epiphany, which is supposed to be a more mature album than Rappa Ternt Sanga. But is it?

Well, I never heard his first album, so I can't really compare, but one thing that surprises me is that T really can sing when he wants to (see the final track, "Sounds Bad"). But songs like "Church" and "Put It Down" made me decide that it was good that he stopped rapping; and another thing, I don't know if there are really guest rappers in these songs or if it's just T himself rapping in different voices. And the obligatory reggae crossover "Shottas" (with Kardinal Offishall and Cham) is really just a whole bunch of noise.

For the most part, there isn't a lot of variety on this album. T usually talks about either getting drunk or having sex -- actually, most of the time he talks about a little bit of both, like in "Buy U a Drank" and the filler track "Tipsy". What's more, a lot of the songs aren't very memorable, like "Yo Stomach", "69", or the badly produced "Backseat Action" (but T-Pain and Shawnna didn't sound like a winning combination anyway).

Even when T tries to change the subject, he still has problems. "Suicide" details life after finding out that his girl infected him with HIV, but as another reviewer said, that song could have been written a little better. And "Time Machine" is just retarded. In short, this is the kind of album that you should maybe listen to in the store rather than purchase (or don't stores allow that any more?) because Epiphany really isn't much of one.

Anthony Rupert
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on August 4, 2007
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As if the bar hasnt been set low enough in the last few years of pop music TPain with songs like Im in love wit a stripper and Buy you a drank, has actually made the bar lower. I thought that would be impossible with acts like the Ying Yang Twins and numerous other hip hop acts already circulating but no, T has done it. In short, the dumbest most worthless music ever to grace the airwaves and otherwise. HIP HOP IS DEAD!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. VINE VOICE on July 1, 2007
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So I joined the bandwagon and bought EPIPHANY. Why you ask? Well my friends, "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')" was bumping and it was one of the most undeniably catchy (as well as stupid) songs of 2007. I couldn't resist. I'm not a big fan of "clubby" R&B albums, but sometimes i give into guilty pleasures. In some respects with EPIPHANY (which I have to agree with one of the reviewers that this is no "epiphany" by any means), I wish I'd let the album itself pass by and just downloaded "Buy U A Drank". But I had to indulge and I can't help to say that ultimately EPIPHANY is a disappointment. Then, you also have to think mentally, that with such club-savvy artist as T-Pain, Akon, and sometimes R. Kelly (though excluding nis great new album DOUBLE UP), that the club-centric albums only tend to have one hit. Sure, EPIPHANY is good for a couple of worthy numbers (first single and "Church" to name a few), but overall, it is nothing but a mess. Sure, I'm happy T-Pain surprised everybody to take the #1 spot on the Billboard charts, hold back both Rihanna and expected chart-topper Paul McCartney, but still you wonder if people were expecting a real "epiphany" for the money. Oh well.

The album begins with the introductory track, "Tallahassee Love" in which T-Pain not only defines "epiphany" but also gives love back to his hometown, Tallahassee. It is completely unnecessary, as with most intro tracks, but it is actually better than some of the full length tracks on EPIPHANY. "Church" has the most undeniably catchy groove of EPIPHANY with an incredibly soulful guitar riff, tropical sounding drum-programming, and random interspersed "rah!" during the verse. Vocally, T-Pain sounds top notch, even if he is halfway between singing and rapping.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Read VINE VOICE on June 28, 2007
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I only bought this album for the hit single Buy you a drink. And its funny because thats the only jammin' song on there ! Thank God I bought it bootleg for 3 bucks because its not worth the retail price!( Yeah Yeah I know alot of people may look down on others that buy or sell bootleg copies of cd's but hey if the artist only drops one hot single and nothing else what can you expect! Im sure as hell not gonna chance all my money for a cd that dont jam!)
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By ------------- on June 14, 2007
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Wow! This album really surprised me. I was a massive T-Pain hater. But after Epiphany, i gained alot more respect for him. And it honestly feels weird writing a positive review about a T-Pain album, because i never thought it would happen. He just doesnt have that same Grown & Sexy appeal that R&B artists are suppose to have. But Im not gunna lie, this album isnt all that bad. Its not great by any means, but it is a huge improvement over his last album. On his debut, after the first four songs, i couldnt even listen to the album anymore it was so bad. But I still dont wanna give him to much credit either, because 90 percent of the time, i dont think that he is really that good. I have a feeling this will be his best offering because i just dont see T-Pain making a classic R&B album. This one is good, but far from classic thats for sure. And hes really not that bad of a singer, I mean hes definetly not great, but he also is definetly better than Omarion lol. I still havent decided if i would call this a R&B album or a Hip Hop album. And i honestly feel guilty for even rating this four stars, sorry T lol. But i cant help it, i really enjoy some parts of this album, especially songs like the mellow and relaxing guitar on the remenicent "Time Machine", and the roaring drums on the dance number "Backseat Action". And even on the massive club hit "Buy U A Drank", i cant help but sing along. And that is where T-Pain excells, fun music. He normally cannot make any music with a serious topic, (Except Time Machine) instead he is really good at making songs that are just fun to listen to and are great club songs. Other than that though, i dont think he could really deliever a great true R&B album. But any ways he definetly did a better job on this album, as it has a very bright appearance. Big surprise on this album!

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Buy you a drink ........ This cd is great!!!!!!!!!!
I have to agree, and I don't like 95 percent of the stuff on the radio today. T-Pain is a very talented composer and arranger who has a real gift and understands music. It's evident that he knows alot about musical notes and song composition on a level deeper than some guy who just picked it up... Read More
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Wow, I Didn't Know This Guy Was a Musician
Wow, strictly based on your opinion, I might get this cd. I don't really like T-Pain either and thought he was just a gimmick, but if what you say is true, he sounds like he actually has some talent.
Jun 9, 2007 by C. Wilson |  See all 3 posts
this cd sucks!!!!
This CD is ABSOLUTELY WACK! You need a drink to get through this non-sense. T-Pain needs to stick to singing hooks. I won't be purchasing any of his CD's in the future.
Jun 11, 2007 by Anna J |  See all 3 posts
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