TGT “3 Kings” Album Review

Screen-Shot-2013-08-12-at-10.11.06-PMLast week the R&B supergroup TGT released their debut album, “3Kings.” A project six years in the making, the album was well received, landing at #3 on the Billboard chart. And given their respective bodies of work, you’d expect that their collaboration would birth similar material. And you’d be right. “3 Kings” is a case study in staying in your own lane.

Comprised of Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank, their first official appearance was way back in 2007 for a remix of Tank’s “Please Don’t Go“off of his album Sex  Love & Pain. However, due to legal issues with their respective record labels, it took 4 long years for the group to finally get to work on their album.

And now that it has arrived, fans of each of the three crooners are getting exactly what they wanted. This album is as if you took any album that one of the trio had made and pumped up the sex appeal by a factor of 100. This steady stream of babymakers and mea culpas to scorned lovers is packed with 17 tracks (19 if you buy the Target Deluxe Edition), with the ratio of songs being about 1/2 “beat your nether-regions into submission” and 1/2 “please take me back”. You take your pick.

That aside, there are some songs that really shine. Their current second single, “I Need” drips with sincerity and devotion.

Next Time Around” and “Running Back” also fit right into that same mold, where they get their “grown man on” and dive into the more serious and intricate dynamics within relationships. On these tracks, it is also pretty impressive that they manage not to sing over each other and blend their voices together. They don’t sound like three R&B afficionados thrown into the studio together; they sound like a bona-fide group.

On the sex side of things, they range from quickies (“Hurry“) to blow your back out amazing (“Explode“, “FYH“). But the common thread that brings all of the songs together is excellent production, songwriting, and delivery. This is shown effortlessly on “Burn Out”, a mellow banger that fully takes advantage of the trio’s vocal instruments and reaches heights of musicality.

No album is without its lowlights, and in 17 tracks, TGT was bound to have a couple. The album opener “Take It Wrong” isn’t bad on its face, it even has a nice groove to it, but a whack rap from Black Ty (aka Tyrese) kinda kills it. “No Fun“, cleverly using a sample from Snoop Dogg’s “Ain’t No Fun,” is basically about TGT running a train on a girl … ick. Then the interludes have that same sentiment, where Tyrese talks to a girl on the phone and implores for her to come to the studio so TGT can take advantage of her. And “OMG” is like that obligatory auto-tuned song that every urban album needs to have now; it’s devoid of meaning and the auto-tune takes away any vocal appeal.

Overall, the songs are well-balanced across the three singers. There is no “Beyonce” of the group (though I would argue that Tank probably shines the most on the album), and Ginuwine’ s whininess is kept in check. The package that they have created is basically a big thank you to their fans that I am sure they had a lot of fun putting together.

Have you listened to the album yet? Tell us what you thought about it in the comments section below!

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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.