So you haven't heard of Mr. Talkbox? Real name: Byron Chambers? The guy who has worked with artists ranging from Britney Spears to Toby Mac, has already had two full-length releases and is a self-taught instrumentalist, and comes from Orlando and brings an R&B sound with tons (and I mean tons) of synthesizers? Well, no worries, because until recently, I hadn't either. So what can you expect to hear from someone that you've never heard of who's labeled as playing "funky synthadelic" music?
My Time is Byron's third full-length release, and before the first two tracks are over you'll know exactly what they mean when they say "funky synthadelic" sound. The album kicks off with some fun tracks, in a nice house party-type style. Tracks "Get On Up," "Lose Control," and "Funkadelic Sound" follow and share that same vibe and extensive use of the synthesizer, which seems to be the standard for Mr. Talkbox. Chambers does tend to go a little out of his comfort zone a few times throughout the album, however. "Ground Zero" offers a more hip-hop sound and comes out rather nicely with a message to understand how important it is to live for God. "Revolution" follows that same style as a song of being there for those who need us, while another track features Canton Jones blending with Talkbox very well as they take the listener on a decent hip-hop journey.
My Time does go a little deeper at times, too. Mr. Talkbox shares the mic with Amazing Grace nicely in "Fighting," a song about dealing with personal struggles. "Make You Smile" is a sweet love song about how thankful he is for his wife. While the message throughout the album is good, you just have to love that 1990's R&B sound to become a fan of Byron's. While I enjoy the sound, I tend to think that it might grow old quickly and it would be better if there was more singing/rapping and a little less synthesizing. But if you're really into that above mentioned sound – This should be right up your alley.- Review date: 4/8/10, written by Kevin Hoskins of Jesusfreakhideout.com
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