Tyrese "Black Rose" Album Review
One of the bullet mark selling points mentioned during the promotion of the "Black Rose" album, Tyrese asked his fans, when was the last time they bought an entire album in physical form? He went on to say this is one album that we as listeners can go through without skipping one song. I personally knew it would be a good album, but that claim and those words do sound a bit like over exaggerated promotional hype. I'll be damned though, he was right.
For the most part R&B, "real R&B" has been dead for a minute. A few good releases come out every so often, but nothing classic. Actually most of the things that people classify as contemporary R&B today is actually just pop music and loud EDM with zero rhythm and no blues to be spoken about. I'm sorry but Rihanna and Nicki Minaj is not it, even a heavy hitter like Beyonce easily falls on the pop side of things. Where is the music at? When is the next classic R&B album going to be released is what I imagine everyone is wondering. It's safe to say that this is in fact it. I think most R&B listeners have been waiting in baited breath for something like this to come along, and it finally has come to fruition. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that to me, this is the best R&B album I've heard in the past decade and a half. Since the turn of the millennium. This is the best.
I was wowed upon the first listen, and even the first time I heard a couple of tracks I cried at the sheer beauty and magnificence of them. Tracks like "Leave", and "Shame" when I watched it in video form for the first time. It's all very personal material coming from Tyrese, and that's moving to me. And it's not just the substance, the content of what he's singing about, and the delivery, it's also the music. A lot of it is very organic sounding music with no drum machines and such, it's real live music and chords.
The strong debut of this album and it reaching number one in 15 countries is no surprise to me at all. Even before the release of the album, Tyrese has sold himself quite well as a person. Not only is he a great singer, but he's a charismatic black actor that's featured in current big hit blockbuster movies, and his Facebook account, whew. His Facebook page has to be the best thing currently on FB, and it's been that way for a little over the past year. His personal uplifting video messages to his fans that go viral. The culmination of everything he does as a whole sells him as a gentleman that you can't help but love.
Currently as it stands I probably listen to this CD once a day for a period of about an hour to two hours, some tracks in particular I may leave on repeat for awhile until I decide to move on and do the same with the following track. Tracks like "Dumb Shit", "Waiting on You", "Shame", "Prior to You", "Leave", "Without My Heart", and "I Still Do". I think the curse of buying single stand alone tracks on iTunes has been broken with this release. You'd be doing yourself a disservice for not buying the entire album, the that's the double truth ruth.