Published Apr 09, 2018Free from her ill-fated deal with Timbaland's Mosley Music Group, Tink hops in the driver's seat of her own career with Pain & Pleasure. It's a simple, sensual effort with a vintage R&B feel, and although there's no rap on this one, Tink still manages to showcase her signature breakneck flow with a precision that rivals most of today's emcees.
Her sultry vocals, paired with the project's smooth production, make for a pleasant listen, but considering Tink's abilities and immense potential, Pain & Pleasure leaves much to be desired. Straying from the intimate candour of her Winter's Diary mixtape series, Tink opts for more generic subject matter throughout: each song is a trite lament over romance's trifles that goes down easy, but fades from memory soon after it plays.
There was an opportunity to speak about surmounting her label issues or, at the very least, embrace her newfound freedom by experimenting with her sound, but Tink dodges it, making for a rather conservative comeback. Sonically she's on top of her game, but artistically, she has yet to find her voice.
Now that the stresses of escaping her record deal are behind her, Tink has the luxury of owning her independence and truly coming into her own as a creator. Pain & Pleasure is a bit of a rough start, but she'll surely get it right with time. (Independent)