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T-PAIN: Epiphany

Epiphany

6

6.2

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UK release date 22.06.2007

Backed by Akon, Tallahassee native T-Pain is the rapper-turned-singer both loved and hated by the R&B community. While commercial listeners seem to be addicted to his catchy hooks and comedic wordplay, street R&B fans have voiced distaste for the singerâs synthesized chords, which has lead critics to believe that T-Pain doesnât actually possess any vocal skills. Those haters should be pleasantly surprised by the albumâs positive start. Littered with a Dr. Dre-like piano arrangement, the production featured on the albumâs intro, will have people thinking, âDamn! Is this really T-Pain?â Following on from this, âChurchâ is a fast-paced and optimistic record that easily pleases the ear. Continuing to walk the path of good tunes, T-Pain turns the serious matter of catching HIV in to the albumâs finest moment. Controlled and natural vocals allow T-Pain to enter a territory of which he has been a stranger, up until now. With not a single vocal adjustment in sight, âSuicideâ signals a growth in the Florida singerâs musical ability.

As the album comes to a close it starts to sound irritatingly samey, but the opening tracks make up for its weak and ill-fated ending.
Words Will Lavin

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