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13 of 14 found the following review helpful:
BOI YOU CRAZY?!! May 08, 2012
TANK....First off mann you are the "GENERAL" of R&B! Your song "Underrated" best describes you!...How you manage to spit out hits after hits after hits is truly a blessing from GOD, Please DON'T CHANGE YOUR STYLE FOR ANYONE! This CD is a baby maker, romantic, LET'S TEAR THIS BEDROOM UP! type of music that most so called R&B artist try to duplicate but fail every time! Your perspective from a mans point of view is what is needed in the R&B game and I for one appreciate it! THIS CD IS ON POINT!! WELL WORTH THE PURCHASE!! If you are a true r&b fan then you will love this! I'm a 80's baby where I remember names like Jodeci, Shai, Joe, Dave Hollister and such so Tank madd respect for you! PLEASE KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO!
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Solid R&B Effort; Better Than 'Now or Never' May 24, 2012
By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr.
As modern as Tank may try to portray himself, Tank's voice hearkens back to `old-school' adult R&B, which is the in the `minority' unfortunately. Regardless of Tank's dismal commercial lot, This Is How I Feel is a stronger showing for the R&B singer than 2010's Now Or Never was. Tank and producers attempt to change the formula ever so slightly by incorporating more hip-hop qualities as well as more overt, sensual lyrics. The effects work, even if at times the innuendo is ever so slightly overwrought. Regardless, Tank remains in sound voice and shines throughout.
The intro "How I Feel (Intro)" sets up the sometimes salacious, self-confident nature of This Is How I Feel from the first line Tank utters claiming he's "...the baddest mother [bleep] in the world..." Despite his overconfidence, the use of harmonized background vocals and lush, urban production work foreshadow the soundness that makes This Is How I Feel so appealing. "Lonely," featuring the ubiquitous Chris Brown is certainly a better collaboration between the two than "Foreplay" was from Now or Never. The production is lush and tailor made to Tank's sensual, romantic voice. Much like the intro, Tank's much more overt and explicit. Certainly the grinding groove incites Tank's inspired performance. The only drawback - the cut is almost five minutes long.
"Your One" is less enthralling than "Lonely," but solid. Soulful guitars and hip drum programming characterize this production. The cut could use some extra finesse though; more background vocals would have energized the cut more. "Compliments (Interlude)" follows, featuring Kris Stephens foreshadowing the full track. "Compliments" as a full entity is a solid cut, notable for both its production and songwriting. Stephens continually graces the listener with the lines "...I'm the most beautiful girl in the world..." while Tank delights with his sensual, chivalrous hook "We could start off with some compliments..." T.I.'s verse is ok, but he's not necessary to the success of the cut. Rap or not, "Compliments" is solid.
"Don't Give Up" opens up nicely with Tank singing in falsetto "You better work girl, work girl, work girl..." The production is tasteful with piano and simplistic drum programming to begin with. Unfortunately for "Don't Give Up" is that it follows a juggernaut in "Compliments," arguably the best cut of the affair. "Nowhere" doesn't quite restore This Is How I Feel to full fruition, though the quicker tempo serves as a nice contrast to "Don't Give Up." "Off Your Hands" is a winner through and through giving the solid "Compliments" a huge run for its money. Well produced, well written, and an instant attention grabber, "Off Your Hands" is the urban ballad so many R&B singers wish they could pull off. True R&B at its best, listening to the background vocal harmonies and commanding, sensual pipes of Tank makes you wish all R&B could go back to this lush sound.
"This Is How I Feel (Interlude)" proceeds the full cut, which happens to be another winner. "This Is How I Feel" is more `out-of-the-box' than "Off You Hands," making it one of the more intriguing listens of this effort. The drums sound particular solid and the grind-it-out groove is infectious. Tank sounds at his best. He remains on `autopilot' on the excellent single "Next Breath," which isn't even the best cut from the effort. What is notable about "Next Breath" is the fact that it provides adult R&B listeners with a traditional, adult-contemporary R&B single in the vein of Brian McKnight, Eric Benét or Kem. The production is solid and even more notable might be the grit that Tank achieves, something we rarely hear from the vocalist.
"Better Than Me" and "Lost it All" are less exciting cuts, but thankfully by this point Tank has given `his best.` "Better Than Me" is a `B,' though to its credit it is a sound departure from the lewder cuts of the effort. The use of strings is definitely notable on this cut. "Lost it All" is also a `B,' cut, but is probably appropriately placed as the closing cut.
Overall, This Is How I Feel is one of Tank's better releases. It is a shame that Tank does not have a higher visibility outside of the R&B market. His songwriting and singing talents are truly amazing, even when he grows a bit too sensual. Solid R&B album.
7 of 8 found the following review helpful:
It's Tank Enough Said!! May 09, 2012
By Tanya Sherman
He delivers once again. Only a few artist never change and it works for them. Tank has to be one of them. He has stayed true to his craft and it shows all over this album. Pushing skip on Tanks album is a no no, every song is on point. Stop procrastinating and get this grown and sexy work of art. #ThatIsAll :)
4 of 5 found the following review helpful:
BlackAmarillo.com Review May 09, 2012
By Tony Johnson
Durrell Babbs better known as "Tank" has released his 5th studio project "This Is How I Feel"
Since R. Kelly is considered the "KING of R&B", Usher the "PRINCE of R&B" well Tank is indeed the "GENERAL of R&B".
"This Is How I feel" is what I call the new generation style of R&B. Slow, melodic, futuristic & seductive. Something you can pretty much strip to even though I'm not a stripper..LOL!
"This Is How I feel" sounds like something that Jamie Foxx would do but I'm really feeling this project more than I did "Now or Never" in 2010. I also like the 2 songs on the deluxe version "Underrated & "Crazy" which also includes the video "Underrated"
"This Is How I feel" also features Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, T.I., Kris Stephens & Kevin McCall
My favorite song is "Your One" but I'm also feeling "Lonely" f/ Chris Brown, Don't Give Up, Off Your Hands, "This Is How I Feel" & "Better Than Me" I love the lyrics on "Better Than Me".
Overall I have to salute the "GENERAL of R&B" for a well done project from beginning to end.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Solid but..... Jun 13, 2012
As I live tank and this new album, it is nothing different from his last one. It's his style and he's good at it and I'm not sure what else I'd like to hear from him but all his songs sound the same and that drags for me but its still solid. Tank has the voice, sex appeal and knows how to tug at the panties (lol) but once I'd like to hear something else...no complaints because I bought it..his sayin....
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