R&B singer Tank returns to the scene with his latest EP, “While You Wait.” A talented piano player and songwriter in his own right, Tank has been the subject of criticism in recent years. Straying away from his signature sound to appease to a younger demographic has found the singer often criticized by older R&B fans. On the one hand, I understand that he wants to units in the steaming age. At forty-four years of age and a nine album discography, Tank should cater to the audience who could legally drink when he made his debut. As opposed to the audience who were conceived from his music. That being said, it was great to see Tank act his age on his latest EP. Check out my track by track breakdown below and check out the project on all streaming platforms.
- “You Never Knew” – The opening project finds Tank singing his heart out to a love that never was. The song will hit home for any man who could never get out of the friend zone. ****
- “You” – The second track finds Tank paying homage to the love of his life. This is a standard track and nothing exceptional. Tank sings the song okay, however it seems better suited for another artist. ** ½
- “Self Esteem” – Track three is similar to the song that precedes it. Thankfully, when paying homage to his lady on this song, Tank has a winner. Too often, we as men forget to pay tribute to our queens by doing something as simple as focusing on her self-esteem with the way we treat her. This is one of my favorites from the EP.
- “Perfect” – This is another song that would be suited for another artist. The message about loving a woman despite all of her flaws just didn’t resonate as strongly as it should have. **
- “My Lovers” – This is my favorite song on the LP. “My Lovers” finds Tank singing about the good ole days of R&B music. Using a comparison of a relationship to the nineties R&B sound is a smart idea that works. Hopefully, once things get back to normal, Tank decides to shoot a video for this song, as it could be a great throwback video filled with numerous cameos. ****
- “Facetime” – Tank closes out the EP with a sultry slow jam. During the time of social distancing, this is the perfect song for any couple who may be in a long-distance relationship and can’t actually get physical or affectionate with their mate. ****
Tank is a naturally talented singer who returns to the style that truly shows his talent. His latest EP wisely omits generic 808 style beats, foul language, and guest appearances. At a time where quarantine and social distancing are the new norms, it’s refreshing to have the old Tank back. My suggestion is to cook a nice meal for your significant other, pour some wine, and let Tank’s While You Wait EP provide your soundtrack for the night.
EP Highlights – “Self Esteem”, “My Loves”, “Facetime”
Final Grade B+