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Now known more for his work as an actor, Tyrese (Gibson) released his self-entitled debut in 1998. Before his work starring in "2 Fast 2 Furious", "Four Brothers" , and "Transformers" (amongst other things), Tyrese came up with this R&B album to show exactly how talented he is in this field.
Although its likely that most will remember "Sweet Lady" as the stand-out single from this album, I personally foudn this to be the highlight of the recording. It was his second single, and had him come out with a complete killer cut with him on top of amazing production, and just working to the best of his ability to show that he wants no other than the girl he has, all with a club thing going on over it.
2. "Tell Me, Tell Me"
The way that this one has things composed is funky with lots of off-beat production to throw you off, but as it comes together, you are made to enjoy it as the change to the norm forces you into wanting it to work. You could criticise the fact that it lacks energy, but at this stage in the album, you only just getting a feel of things as this is his debut album.
I liked that this one chose to do something that you don't expect of it, as from the lyrics you would end to think that it is going to be a slow one. However he does an up-tempo Swing tune to motivate him to have power as he sings, and not sound pathetic with a lack of drive without a certain girl there in his life.
4. "Sweet Lady"
I am amazed that this one managed to make as big an impact that it did because it was just so far ahead of itself in reverting R&B to its more simple days when it could do what it was meant to do, and wasn't obliged to take on addition genres too when it did its thing. This soulful jam is a banger, and timeless. It could be released now and induce the same sort of impact on the game.
Not to be confused with the Stevie Wonder classic, this one has Tyrese singing a very emotional one about how he has been triggered to show more affection towads his girl. It is well done becuase you are made to believe each and every word that he says as he realisies that he has failed to do everything he possibly can to please his girl.
6. "Give Love a Try"
When I discovered that this had been released so long ago, I coulnd't believe it as it sounded so much more like modern R&B (or that of about 2000) than it did at the time, but the production in this one really places it exacly where it should be in R&B's diffenrent phases, and places it in to the age of Joe, Dru Hill and Jagged Edge as they all broke out to the mainstream. This is one of the best tracks on the album, and all fans of theis style will enjoy it.
7. "Ain't Nothin' Like a Jones"
Tyrese sings on his newly-found love, and the way it feels to him. He speaks on how he is adores the emotions associated with the early days of a new relationship. He knows what words will remind you of these times, and with all these thought-provoking lyrics, you are again able to connect with the song.
8. "You Get Yours"
Once aain you are found being dragged into the sounds of the album as you are captured by some engaging production which takes you back to the Golden Age of Soul and R&B. The throwback ways of the artist come through here too, and it makes it out to be one of the highlights of the album. The high lelvels of energy keep you guessing, and gives you an additional lift.
9. "Do You Need"
Beginning with a quick rap from Peter Gunz, this one has him getting into some more gentle stuff from him. I have to say that this one had very little going for it to make it special, and as a result you are sure to forget it. If it wasn't for the little Peter Gunz segment, it would seem to blend right in with the rest of the thing, and although it is a fair one, as a tune in its own right would have it flop.
10. "Taste My Love"
The way that this one begins forces you take tkae notice as you have a slowing, winding piece of production greeting you. Once tyrese actually comes onto it, he takes it to new places as he attempts to adapt to this piece of old school Soul composition and he apparently does well with it, and makes it fit in with what is popular at this time.
11. "I Can't Go On"
Sampling Zapp's "Computer Love", this is a slow and seductive one which really takes you into the full mood of things as you have him really getting emotional in the way that he delivers these desperate lyrics about him losing every bit of motivation in life without his girl being there in his life. It just keeps the high quality of things in effect.
12. "Stay In Touch"
This is a highly emotive recording from him, and it ends the album off in a big way. It has him perfomring a ballad, and although I often find it hard to get into this type of thing. I believe that the way he went about performing it managed to really pull me in as he comes with some powerful melodies to make you take notice. I found that the more I listened to it, the more I liked it.
Personally, I felt that this was the best of all his albums, and it had him come up with some of the best R&B tracks of the late nineties. There's a lot to like about this album, and only a few tunes seem a little weaker than the rest.
This is the debut album of Singer/Actor Tyrese Gibson. This self titled debut was released in September 1998 when Tyrese was 19 years old. This album featured three singles, these were Nobody Else, Lately and Sweet Lady. At the time of this release Tyrese was three years away from his film debut in Baby Boy. Over the years he has been able to balance his music and movies equally well.
1. Nobody else
This was the first single he released and is a funky fast paced track which has a very catchy feel, from the first few bars of this track you hear what a voice he has. A strong voice that is fine with just about any kind of music he tries. An emotive vocal is the main part of this songs vocal.
2. Tell me, tell me
This is a laidback midtempo R&B cut which although has a nice feel to it is largely forgetable compared to the best tracks on the album, Not bad though but there are some really great tracks on here which this doesnt reach.
This is a nice laidback track which has a smooth feel to it, One of the best tracks on the album and I am sure this will be one of your favourites on this album.
4. Sweet lady
This is a lovely ballad which has a superb laidback feel. Tyrese really shines vocally on the track. This is about proving to someone how you really feel and showing them that you will be there for them when they really need you.
This is a brilliant ballad which has a great feel thanks to the gentle string background and soft drum beat. I love the way the backing vocals come in and then phase out and then come back in. One of his best ballads, this track is about looking back on your relationship and having a great feeling about how the relationship is going at that point.
6. Give love a try
This track is a funky track with a shuffling beat and some nice electronic sounds which leads the song into the opening vocals. This is a tender midtempo ballad which again showcases his smooth vocals. A very fine effort to combine the emotive vocals and firm beats.
7. Ain't nothin' like a jones
This is a funky midtempo hip hop/R&B crossover which has a nice keyboard hook and some taut beats with Tyrese's smooth vocals, This is one of the best non ballads he recorded on the album. It has a very nice flow.
8. You get yours
Although this isnt anywhere near the best on the album it is still an ok track which I like to listen to when I listen to the album. Has a nice beat and a catchy feel but not quite the spark to keep up with the best of these tracks.
9. Do you need
This is rather the same as You Get yours, not really in the way it sounds but just that it doesnt quite have that spark that the best tracks have. Don't get me wrong I do like the track but it's no Lately or Stay in Touch.
10. Taste my love
Another one that doesnt quite live up to the best tracks on the album, This has a nice beat aswell and some nice vocals but is nowhere near the best he has done on this album and his whole career.
11. I can't go on
This is such a beautiful ballad about a relationship ending which you really didnt want to end. A touching track for anyone who has broken up with someone they were so in love with. This song is sung superbly by Tyrese and he really showcases the emotion in his voice. Superb.
12. Stay in touch
This is a brilliant ballad about his mother who he lost contact with after a family falling out. A superb ballad about the way he feels about his mother and what she has done for him in his life as a single mother after his father left when he was only four. A touching tribute.
This is a very very good debut album which hints at the great potential he has now shown but there are a few tracks which are not as good as the others which can lead to skipping. He has since Ironed out this problem and his albums are now more balanced and there are not the poorer tracks anymore.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Nobody Else
2 Tell Me, Tell Me
4 Sweet Lady
6 Give Love a Try
7 Ain't Nothin' Like a Jones
8 You Get Yours
9 Do You Need - Peter Gunz, Tyrese
10 Taste My Love
11 I Can't Go On
12 Stay in Touch