Tank, "Stronger" (Atlantic Records)
Tank made a mark in R&B over the years for earnestly pouring his heart out on ballads such as "Maybe I Deserve" and "Please Don't Go," as well as writing songs for Jamie Foxx, Aaliyah and others.
Showing passion is Tank's strong suit, but the singer lacks some of that fervor on his latest release, "Stronger." He sounds like a different version of himself on the first half of his sixth album, and that's not a good thing. On the upbeat tracks "Dance With Me" and "I Gotta Have It," he fails with simple lyrics and draggy production. "Same Way" is also an unattractive melody that lacks spirit and swagger.
But Tank finds his stride toward the end of the 10-track album, especially flourishing on "Hope This Makes You Love Me," as he looks to prove his worth to his mate. His lyrics are more fine-tuned on the smooth piano-driven songs "If That's What It Takes" and "Thanking You."
The title song is also a winner, saving Tank's album from being a total disappointment.