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If you are a regular reader of my music reviews you will probably know about now about my plan to review all the albums of artists I have multiple albums by. Following on from my reviews of Tyrese's self titled debut album and I Wanna Go There I have decided to review another of his albums and have chosen his 2000 Watts album which was released in 2001. At some point in the future I plan to review his "Alter Ego" Double Album. Tyrese has become a huge star from his music aswell as his films.
2000 Watts was Released in 2001 and is Tyrese' second album, It's executive producer is Anthony Morgan and the name of the album comes from the song Tyrese co wrote for Michael Jackson's 2001 album Invincible. The album features collaborations from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri and the lesser known female rapper Sole and Mr Tan who appears on the track featuring Snoop Dogg. The album also includes production from huge producers Babyface and Rodney Jerkins.
1.) I like them girls
This is a very catchy uptempo track which has a hip hop beat with a great flow. This track is a good start to the album but is not up there with what he is really capable of. One of the best uptempo tracks however and a great start to the album showing the variety of his music. Tyrese' is talking about the kind of girl he likes.
2.) I Ain't the one
Another catchy uptempo track with a hip hop flava but this is a little more funky than the first track. It features some great keyboard loops and Tyrese' vocals sound on form with a great natural flow. The track is a warning to gold diggers that he is not going to fall for your charms. One of the best uptempo tracks on the album and a bit better than I like them girls.
3.) Just a baby boy
This track's intro is very similar to the intro for Sisqo's Off the corner which is featured on his album Return of the Dragon which was also released in 2001. Once in flow this track has the same kind of feel as the previous two tracks but then the mood changes when Mr Tan provides a rap which works well with Snoop Dogg and Tyrese.
4.) Make Up your mind
This is the first real ballad on the album and has a very decent laid back feel. Tyrese' natural vocal delivery really shines on this track and the backing vocals add a nice touch. This track is about telling a girl you like to make up their mind whether they want to be in a relationship with you or not. I really love the spark the backing vocals give the track.
5.) There for me (Baby)
This Babyface written ballad is a fantastic track about your gratitute for someone sticking by you. Always good when done right and this is a great ballad with great backing vocals again. This is one of Babyface's tracks that you don't automatically know that it's written by him as with most of his great tracks you can quite easily.
6.) Lord you control me (Interlude)
This is an emotive piano based short interlude with Tyrese really showcasing his amazing vocal ability, This is about his faith and even though I am far from religious this is a brilliant track.
7.) I'm Sorry
Another Ballad here and one that I absolutely love. This heatwrenching ballad is about Tyrese saying how sorry he is to his partner. This track is very emotive and shows the talent Tyrese has. This is one of my favourite Tyrese tracks and it can bring up so many personal feelings for anyone who loves the track. Just brilliant.
8.) What am I gonna do?
This is a ballad with a difference, the difference is the thump of the beat. This track is a pledge to a potential partner to show them what you are going to do to be with them and how you are going to make everything right for them. I feel that this track although very good could be a little better if the beat was softer as although it can work wonders it doesnt quite do enough on this track.
Back to the uptempo tracks now and this funky track is a real test for your hifi as the funky bass should give you the answer about the quality of your equipment. Not one of my favourite tracks on the album but a very decent track for late night parties when the lights dim.
10.) Off the heezy
This funky hip hop track features Jermaine Dupri and has an old school like hook which works a treat. This is a stupendously catchy uptempo track which would go down superbly well in a club. One of the best uptempo tracks he has done so far.
11.) Get Up On It
This opens with an interesting piece which has an orchestral sequence which leads into the beat. This is one of the weaker tracks as it is just good as opposed to very very good. A good club track though.
This is an interesting track about when Tyrese was staying in a Hotel and was instantly attracted to the woman who came in for housekeepin'. This track is a seductive tale of instant attraction. This track works really well and shows how you can find love in the most unusual circumstances.
13.) I wrote a song about it (Interlude)
This is a fantastic little interlude, it opens with Tyrese and his partner in bed and she says she is stressed, this leads into a short piano ballad which Tyrese is singing about the power of writing your feelings down. This should be made into a full song which would be amazing.
14.) For Always
This is a fantastic ballad about spending your whole life with someone. The drum machine sequence blends well with the other instruments and the vocals from Tyrese and the backing vocalists are superb. Another great balld on 2000 Watts.
15.) Bringing you back my way
This gentle ballad has a very heartbroken feel and is about Tyrese' efforts to try and bring back a lost love when things break down. If you have just split up with someone you still love then you could easily start the tears rolling when you listen to this track. One of the best ballads he has done and a great ending to the album.
From the album cover I was not expecting as many ballads as on his other albums but I was pleasantly suprised as there are a few great ballads here and they are amongst the best tracks on the album. Another great Tyrese album and one that will appeal to a wide range of fans. If you are big fans of the likes of Joe or Brian McKnight then I'm sure you will love him and even if you are not really a fan of this kind of music give him a go and you never known you may just be pleasantly suprised. This album just misses five stars due to a couple of weaker uptempo tracks.