Thr33 Ringz

Genre: Pop; Lead Performer: T-Pain

Cynics who knock T-Pain for overusing Auto-Tune are missing the point. What he lacks in melodic and lyrical creativity, he’s always made up for with playful production. And on Thr33 Ringz, more than ever, that robotic voice is just part of an effort to reconcile cold technology and warm soul. When he dials back Auto-Tune, T-Pain winds up with ”Keep Going,” a plodding ballad that proves he can record without any noticeable electronic crutches. But without them, he’s way less fun. B

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Originally posted November 5 2008 — 12:00 AM EST

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