I Gotta Have It
Sello: Atlantic Records
Stronger sounds like Tank caught the retro disco-funk bug. "You're My Star" evokes the Jacksons' "This Place Hotel," "I Gotta Have It" has a bass line similar to Carl Carlton's "She's a Bad Mama Jama," and Timbaland shows up for "Dance With Me." The album hearkens to Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience as he splits songs like "Missing You" into two-part arrangements, and drops vocal allusions to Prince and Marvin Gaye. You'll appreciate his effort even though he comes off as a bit too earnest without the self-deprecating humor of past hits like "Emergency" and "Compliments."