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Tyrese is arguably the biggest Music and Movie star around today with a string of hit movies and albums under his belt. His previous album release was back in 2006 when he released "Alter Ego" which was a double disc collection of his usual ballads but also a new Tyrese know as "Black Ty" which was his rap name. Since then he had concentrated on Movies but had always wanted to come back to Music when his movie schedule was over. He began work on his fifth album which was later confirmed as "Open Invitation" and would be released in 2011, approaching five years on from his last album.
Work began for this new album in 2010 and the project was completed in early 2011. Open Invitation is More Tyrese than "Black Ty" and features a number of star studded collaborators. The album features Jay Rock, R Kelly & Rick Ross as well as Ludacris and also newcomer Candace appears on a track. There are fourteen tracks on the album and the production comes from Kendrick Dean (exec), Brandon "B.A.M." Alexander, David Banner & finally R. Kelly. The album is his highest charting album to date when it debuted at number nine on the Billboard Charts.
1.) I'm Home
This is a decent track to open with, It has a mellow opening and then the beats and hooks kick in with Tyrese's tender expressive vocals. This track is about reassuring your partner in telling them that you are there for them. The beats work well and the collaboration with Jay Rock works quite well as his expressive rap vocals add a decent touch. Not the best track on the album but it has things going for it.
2.) I Gotta Chick
This track opens with a seductive track in the background with a horny woman in Tyrese's bed. The beats kick in and Tyrese sings with R Kelly and the rap vocals from Rick Ross. The track is about feeling good about the woman you are with and that she loves you. Tyrese shows off some excellent expressive vocals here and R Kelly sounds excellent in his parts too. All round a decent collaboration.
This is the first track I heard from the album when I saw the excellent video on Youtube. It's about finding your partner is thinking of leaving you after overhearing her on the phone to a friend and pleading them to stay and work things out. Tyrese really showcases his vocal talent here with some extremely emotive vocals. This is right up there with the best on the album and is a great example of his talent both vocally and in the way that he crafts the song. This was the first single from the album.
4.) Best of Me
This is another excellent ballad, It is about when you are in love and how it brings out the best of you. Tyrese again shows off his superb vocals and the taut beats and gentle keys create an excellent soundstage for the song to hit the spot. The chorus is excellent and the male and female backing vocals add a nice touch there. This track progresses really well and is up there with the best tracks on the album.
5.) Nothing on you
This is a lovely track which opens with gentle keys and the beat and vocals the come in. Tyrese's vocals are superbly emotive and flowing here. I believe this is the second track I heard from this album and It's one of my favourite cuts from the album. It's about reassuring your partner that they are the one for you and you aren't interested in anyone else. I love some of the vocals here and the track progresses very well.
6.) One Night
This track reminds me a lot of Trey Songz as it sounds a lot like some of his stuff in parts. I like the way the beats progress and the vocals are laid back then develop. The track is about having a good night with that someone. It's a raunchy track which Tyrese really does well and there are some excellent moments here.
7.) It's all on me
This track has some catchy electro hooks and some catchy beats, Tyrese showcases his vocal range here and his vocals sound different to much of the album. This is still a laid back track but his vocals are in a different way which works well here. The track is about treating your partner well and giving them what they want and making them happy.
8.) Too Easy
This is the track featuring Ludacris and is a return to the "Black Ty" style with some catchy rap vocals and the beats and hooks are more akin to Hip Hop beats than smooth R&B. This is an ideal club track with some excellent melodies and beats and a nice progression. Ludacris opens the rap vocals and this is a decent collaboration between the two Music and Movie stars.
This is a laid back track with a nice flow. It's about falling for someone and wanting to be there for them. Tyrese's natural flowing vocals are again on form here and this is a great example of his talent. It's a really nice smooth track with some excellent backing music which has a Soul vibe and the backing vocals continue the smooth feel. Good stuff.
10.) I Miss That Girl
This track opens with an interesting horn like sound and then the beats kick in. This has a 90s vibe and Tyrese really shine on the vocals with an expressive vocal which is apt on a track about how much you miss something after the relationship has ended. This is an excellent song and is one of the best on the album for sure.
This is a short interlude with Tyrese speaking in deep laid back tones. He tells a woman that he needs to see her and she says she can't meet up. Tyrese gets rather raunchy at the end. The interlude leads into the next track well.
12.) Make Love
This is a raunchy Love Song with some moans of pleasure and seductive vocals. This is Tyrese at his smooth best with some catchy beats and beautiful relaxed keyboard tones. Tyrese showcases his vocal power and grace throughout this track which is up there with the best on the album. It's an ideal track from a romantic night in with your partner.
This is the track which features newcomer Candace, It's a lovely ballad with soft beats and gentle keys which back Tyrese well and the song was written by R Kelly and features gentle background vocals from him. Candace showcases a decent vocal performance which reminds me a little of Keyshia Cole. This is an excellent track with some really great parts.
14.) Walk...A Poem for My Fans
This is a lovely tribute to his fans which gives thanks for his success. This is the only track solely written by Tyrese and is a lovely moment to end with. Just gentle keys and soft beats back Tyrese in a spoken/sung track which really ends the album well with some really good moments. Great stuff.
This is an excellent return to Music for Tyrese Gibson and one that I hope means that he will focus on his Music as well as his Movie career for the foreseeable future as this is an excellent album which showcases his excellent vocal abilities as well as the talent he has for crafting a song to make it have the right emotion for it's subject. This is a fantastic return after five years. I just hope it won't be as long until his next album release.