The Auto-Tune king has watched his rap-world currency wane a bit in recent years. (Blame Jay-Z, who famously issued a fatwa against the once-ubiquitous vocal-processing software.) On T-Pain’s fourth album rEVOLVEr, though, that dampened bravado actually serves him; gorgeous robo-soul ballads like ”Rock Bottom” and the Twitter romance ”Default Picture” feel as intimate as the work of any bedroom troubadour. Call it Cyborg Sings the Blues. B+
BLAME IT ON THE AUTO-TUNE T-Pain comes back from the shadows with a refreshingly intimate offering (Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Lead Performer: The Beatles; Producer (group): Capitol; Status: In Season
Posted December 2 2011 — 12:00 AM EST
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