Tyren (GRFX) transcends traditional tagging. He's both a soul singer and a serious poet, and you'd be cheating him if you called him just one rather than both. However, there aren't too many singer/poets out there, so you feel a little silly doing so. Most artists with both abilities, after all, call themselves singer/songwriters. Tyren doesn't just write songs; he writes poetry. And you'd be wrong to argue otherwise. But really there's no need to do so. Instead, it's best to embrace Tyren's poetic abilities -- no matter how overt they may be, and therefore somewhat overbearing as a result -- because his lyrics surpass his singing. Tyren isn't quite as much the singer as he is the poet. He gets the job done, but it's his lyrics that stand out, not his singing. He's introspective and obviously schooled. Rather than sing about lust, power, and greed like many of his more commercially successful peers on major labels, Tyren writes about what really matter to him and offers you an intimate portrait of his thoughts in each and every song here.
AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier