Soul and R&B: Year in Review 2010
Published Nov 29, 20104. 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.