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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2014
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Wow Tank. After the side project TGT, and its sex soaked songs, it was hard to know what to expect with his new album. I prayed that he would not be afraid to write a record reflecting personal growth and employ a more mature, less electronic musical background. Tank, you did it!
Tank has a taken a quantum leap forward on his new album Stronger. With music industry pressure to write vapid, love-`em and leave' em songs that don't go over the head of the fast food crowd, Tank has opted to write about the challenge of commitment. Half of the songs show a man who, after perhaps playing the field and playing with many hearts, has asked himself, `Can I grow beyond my old self?' Very appropriate for a man at his age and place in life. "If that's what it takes," "Thanking You," "Stronger," "Same way", "Hope this Makes you Love me" are all winners reflecting a man willing to grow and commit even if that means making changes.
As a bonus, Tank doesn't forget to make us dance. "You're My Star" is Tank rejoicing in having found "the one." "Dance with me, " "I Gotta Have It," "Nobody Better" are other invitations to dance, but the slower, more introspective songs are where Tank shines on this album. If an artist does not risk showing growth, despite industry pressure to `stay the same', that artist suffers.
"Stronger" is the next, logical progression of a man who is maturing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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By the time Durrell "Tank" Babbs signed to Atlantic Records in early 2010, he was a decade long veteran with a few albums under his belt. Formerly signed to Barry Hankerson's now-defunct Blackground Records, he released 2001's "Force Of Nature", followed up by 2002's "One Man" and almost quitting music before releasing 2007's "Sex, Love & Pain". While he has made strides in the recording industry, his name often went unmentioned with other R&B singer-songwriters- even while working behind the scenes. He addressed his frustration with the issue on the dark and moody mixtape "Diary Of A Mad Man"- specifically on the song "Underrated", where he bemoaned the fact that he wasn't being recognized the same way as his peers. Part of the problem was that people paid more attention to his looks and physique than they did to his songwriting and production skills- for which he would lend to the likes of Toni Estes, Dave Hollister and Chris Brown. Another part was his dramatic about face change to sing more about sex than love when he moved to Atlantic. After the release of "This Is How I Feel", he teamed up with Tyrese and Ginuwine for the much talked about TGT album "Three Kings" in 2013. Despite the success of that union, he felt a little uninspired- that was until he listened to Justin Timberlake's return to music "The 20/20 Experience". That record lit a fire under Tank and the end result is his new album "Stronger".

He decided to make an album that paid tribute to the dance music and electro-funk of yesteryear- complete with live instrumentation, a horn section and an orchestra. He also shifted his focus back to singing from the heart and writing great songs. With that formula, he went in and recorded ten songs- all of which showcases how much work he put into this project and the risk paid off for him. The leading song is the first single "You're My Star", which features a sample of The Jacksons' "This Place Hotel" as well as background vocals from Kelly Rowland. Wyclef Jean's production partner Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis handles the lion's share of the album- with the highlight of one of his contributions being the Chic-esque track "Dance With Me". Tank also pays tribute to both Marvin Gaye and Prince- the former on "Missing You" and the latter on "Hope This Makes You Love Me". He delivers a power ballad in the form of the title track "Stronger", which was produced by Infinity (The same guy behind Mary J. Blige's Grammy Award winning "Take Me As I Am"). He closes the album with the torch song "If That's What It Takes"- a jazz ballad that was surprisingly produced by Da Internz (Best known for Big Sean's "Dance (A$$)" and Rihanna's "Birthday Cake"). "Stronger" is Tank's best album since "Sex, Love & Pain", and possibly his best album period. With him showing a lot of growth and maturity this time around, the question is will he stick to it? Only time will tell.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2014
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Although I've always been a Tank fan, I've never purchased one of his albums. However, I recently saw him in concert and gained a new appreciation for him, which caused me to purchase his new album Stronger. The lead single off of Stronger, You're My Star, is my jam right now. The entire album is excellent all the way through. If you love R&B, great lyrics, great vocals and great instrumentality, you will love this album. I think Tank has finally found his musical identity and I'm so excited for him. I am a true R&B fan, and although I love Chris Brown and the like, I just can't take some of the younger generation's lyrics, which I often find very offensive and degrading (especially to women), and downright pornographic. Many of today's young male artist only sing about sex (and the raunchier the better). It's so nice to hear a man sing about love, romance, and self introspection. This album definitely reflects a maturity and a range that a man of Tank's age, talent and stature in the industry, should have. The album effectively and artfully salutes such greats as Michael Jackson, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, and Prince, and it does so in a way that is respectful and innovative, and that shows that Tank has studied the greats and has been well schooled. If Tank keeps putting out music like this, he won't remain underrated for much longer. And the icing on the cake is that he's FINE too . . . Pleasing to the eye and to the ear!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2014
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I have purchased every Tank CD in the past. IMHO this is the worst. I only liked one song on the first play through and three by the fifth play. I hate purchasing a CD that has to grow on me. I wish this was more like the TGT project at least on there he sang his a** off. Still a Tank fan just not feeling this CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2014
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Tank delivers a stellar & classical R&B he continues to showcase that soul is still is alive. each track is amazing and I would cncur between joe bridges & tank stronger are album of the year contenders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2014
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I'm not a big Tank fan and I had only heard one song, but my niece raved about this album, so I bought it. To my surprise, I love the whole album. I took a chance and it turned out to be a winner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2014
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This CD is very well produced. All the songs are different a poppin especially the slow songs. The beat on most of the cuts keep you in a bright, light, smiling mood an upbeat CD for sure.
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on September 6, 2014
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Tank has indeed came back "Stronger" with this stellar album. After the very good TGT record with Tyrese and Ginuwine which garnered the trio a grammy nomination. Tank has dropped a very solid and landmark album that is real soul dance and romance music. Tank represents everything that true music lovers need in todays bland, crass, and tasteless music scene. "Stronger" is a dance heavy jam session of love and life. Great tracks like "Missing You", "Gotta have it", "Stronger" (title track) makes this album a instant classic. Tank has been putting out quality albums for years now, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Solid production, excellent song writing, and always top notch singing throughout the entire album. Tank has made another R&b masterpiece to add to his stellar catalog. Long time fans will be satisfied with this great album and new fans will be very entertained with this uptempo classic album. I reccommend this album to all music lovers who like to dance and enjoy love and life.
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on December 21, 2014
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I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A FAN OF TANK'S SONGS WHEN I HEARD THEM ON THE RADIO BUT NEVER BOUGHT A CD. WHEN "YOU'RE MY STAR" CAME OUT I DID'NT KNOW WHO IT WAS BUT LOVED THE SONG! THEN I HEARD TANK DOING AN INTERVIEW ONE DAY AND THEY PLAYED THAT AND A SNIPET OF "I HOPE THIS MAKES YOU LOVE ME" AND I WAS SOLD! THE LYRICS AND THE WAY HE SANG THE CHORUS IN HIS FALSETTO MADE ME WANT THE CD. ONCE I GOT IT I PLAYED IT BUT I DID'NT LIKE EVERY SONG. AFTER THE FIFTH TIME I COULD'NT STOP PLAYING IT FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS! ITS A GREAT CD! IT HAS OLD SCHOOL MUSICAL NODS IN CONJUNCTION WITH MODERN MUSICAL TRENDS AND THE BOY IS SINGING HIS BOO BOO OFF!! :))
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on March 21, 2015
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I usually do not review albums at all because I feel like you either like a type of music or you don't. However, I must say that this album is amazing. Flawless. I love every single track. I can say that only about maybe two or three other albums. The beginning starts very upbeat and theN winds down to more slower soul stirring tracks. Man!!! I can count on this album to get me through my morning walks to the subway or when I'm in the need to dance. If I'm going through something difficult, "Stronger" goes right on the speakers. If I want to feel empowered as a woman, whatever. This album does it all for me. Just an amazing work of art!!!
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