Soul and R&B: Year in Review 2010

Soul and R&B: Year in Review 2010
4. Bilal Airtight's Revenge (Plug Research)
More restrained and less brazen than his previous work, Airtight's Revenge is Bilal's real world opus. An ultra-contemporary R&B album (thematically, sonically and conceptually) Airtight's Revenge doesn't pick up where Bilal left off ― the neo-soul world of the early '00s. Instead, he takes the opportunity to make a definitive statement, about frustration, mistakes and modern day mind control. Complex, dense arrangements pair well with Bilal's to-the-point, honeyed vocals; instead of focusing on lyrical complexity, he lets the production get outré ― what R&B should be in 2010.
Anupa Mistry