Tank has christened himself the “Savior” of R&B, and while I am not one for banal titles of that sort, I’d be more inclined to roll with it if it was really true.
Tank’s latest single offering is “Next Breath”, which is taken from his upcoming album, Savior.
Now, I’m a Tank fan. As a vocalist, I can rock with Tank. Dude’s voice is definitely a standout amongst the other bumper crop of singers that are out on the market. His last album had a few gems, for example, I think he did some of his most solid vocal work ever on his cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”. But to start puffing up his chest and calling himself the savior of R&B, I’m going to have to have the usher direct him to a seat.
In a world where the definition of the term R&B is loose, fluid, and at the whim of music critics and fans the world over, “Next Breath” is definitely not bringing anything new to the table musically. Take away Tank’s mellifluous voice and what you have left on the table is another formulaic R&B joint with some tired cliches, faux strings, and the same old strong structure.
If Tank’s the savior, then call me an atheist.