- Summary: The soul singer returns with his first release on indie label Plug Research after Interscope Records shelved what would have been his second album, Love for Sale, in 2006.
- Record Label: Plug Research
- Genre(s): R&B, Soul, Pop/Rock, Contemporary R&B
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|We're all the same And all so very different Divine by design It all intertwines Ain't nothin' new But it's always changin' Movin' still waters Soft...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 9 out of 9
Mixed: 0 out of 9
Negative: 0 out of 9
Ultimately, Airtight's Revenge joins Erykah Badu's Mama's Gun, Van Hunt's Popular, Meshell Ndegeocello's Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape, Rahsaan Patterson's Wines & Spirits, Joi's Amoeba Cleansing Syndrome, and Sy Smith's Conflict as a generation-defining masterwork of unflinching vision that captures the artist at the very moment in time that it is released.
Bilal and McKie place emphasis on the craft of each song and the arrangement of each instrument. Bilal's voice is treated as one of these parts, so there is a flat quality to the sound. This may frustrate fans of Bilal's voice or those expecting a conventional star-centric album that places the spotlight on a voice or an instrument. Instead, Bilal's feelings are the centerpiece here. That alone makes Airtight's Revenge a welcome return for a needed voice.
Airtight's Revenge sounds like he had a lot of **** he needed to work through, but from great talent, and great catharsis, has come great art. It's hard to imagine that this will break through to any major audience, since it's even less accessible than the rejected Love for Sale, but it seriously deserves it.
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Awards & Rankings
|Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [50th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Version] - The Beatles|
|DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar|
|Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, 1984-2014 [Box Set] - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds|
|Singles: The Definitive 45's Collection - Sun Ra|
|Kickin Child: Lost Columbia Album 1965 - Dion|
|A Crow Looked at Me - Mount Eerie|
|Black Origami - Jlin|
|Singles [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] [Deluxe Edition] - Various Artists|
|Eternity, In Your Arms - Creeper|
|The Order of Time - Valerie June|
|50 Song Memoir - Magnetic Fields|
|Leftism 22 [Reissue] - Leftfield|
|Fantasizing About Being Black - Otis Taylor|
|Guppy - Charly Bliss|
|Obituary - Obituary|
|The Thin Black Duke - Oxbow|
|Run the Jewels 3 - Run the Jewels|
|Arca - Arca|
|More Scared of You than You Are of Me - The Smith Street Band|
|What in the Natural World - Jake Xerxes Fussell|