rEVOLVEr 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… T-Pain Hip-Hop/Rap RCA
Music Review

rEVOLVEr

BLAME IT ON THE AUTO-TUNE T-Pain comes back from the shadows with a refreshingly intimate offering
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BLAME IT ON THE AUTO-TUNE T-Pain comes back from the shadows with a refreshingly intimate offering
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: T-Pain; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Production: RCA

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+

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Originally posted Nov 30, 2011 Published in issue #1184 Dec 09, 2011 Order article reprints