The Foreign Exchange – Authenticity
This actually dropped last month, but I’ve only just arrived to it for some reason. I saw it on some other sites, sort of surprised. I hadn’t heard a whole lot about anything coming out. That being said, I’m happy I copped it. This is a very mature, fully realized R&B album. It’s not so much advanced and forward thinking, as it’s confident in staying in place. There is a slight 80’s pop feel to it (like in the song below), it’s very sophisticated.
Nicolay’s skills as a composer, rather than a rap producer, are formed up. Phonte’s writing follows suit, with his singing sounded less and less unusual. There is a certain rise into adulthood, in being able to embrace the intimacy necessary to sing his lyrics with the necessary conviction. I’ve finally come to accept him as an R&B singer, even though he doesn’t get completely away from rapping (something I sorta wish he would’ve done…rap is always gonna be there). Complete 180 from the first album, and probably where the duo was destined to arrive – full fledged R&B outfit. Recommended.