Monday, November 07, 2011

HHR Review: Tyrese's NYC Album Release Party!

On October 31st, Tyrese's held an album release party for his much anticipated album entitled "Open Invitation" to the public. The party was held at 539 West 21st Street in New York City. Although “upscale trendy dress” was required to attend, costumes (in honor of Halloween) were preferred.

Despite the temperature dipping below 40 degrees, hundreds of adoring fans (many in decorative Halloween costumes) lined up outside Juliet Supper Club - a popular celebrity lounge in Chelsea - to celebrate with one of Americas most beloved R&B singers. After some delay due to traffic, Tyrese eventually walked the Red Carpet as throngs of media outlets and bloggers (this one included) competed with each other for some of his time.

Below is some video of the questions from bloggers at the event:(video courtesy of )

Review of “Open Invitation"

The entirety of “Open Invitation" is quite good. While there were several excellent tracks which stood out from the rest of the album, all of the songs have a certain appeal to them. While the title track (Open Invitation) which features Ludacris, Stay, in which Tyrese manages to sound both like Joe Tex and Otis Redding, and Walk.....A Poem For My Fans are outstanding works of art created by the performing artist; also quite good are One Night, Takeover , and "I Miss That Girl."

These are very pretty and tender melodies which critique Tyrese’ relationships with females. While the lyrics to "I Gotta Chick" might offend those who are pretentious, due some profanity. Other parts of the album contain beautiful poetic lyrics such as the nice slow jam ”Angel". All together, there are are fourteen tracks contained within the entire album.

Some of the other tracks which I liked are: I’m Home, Nothing On You, One Night and I miss that girl. On the other hand, Interlude is just a bit too superfluous. In addition to sounding like Joe Tex at times Tyrese also reminds me of Stevie Wonder. The recording artist also works with fellow musicians such as R. Kelly and Kanye West, in addition to Ludacris, on the album. Actress Tanya P. Henson also appears in the music video of "Stay" with Tyrese as his love interest.

All in all, I give the album four stars out of five. Fans of Tyrese will be quite pleased that after five years’ hiatus, Tyrese has produced a winner.

About The Author: Cleo E. Brown has a Master’s Degree in Contemporary African-American History from The University of California at Davis in Davis, California. She also has a B.A. Minor Degree in Political-Science and has completed course work towards a Ph.D. in Education from The University of San Francisco in San Francisco, California. She is a Free Lance Writer and a Senior Editor at HHR

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