New Jersey born Eric Roberson is a busy guy. He has worked with artists such as Jill Scott, Dwele, Musiq Soulchild, Vivian Green and 112 just to name a few. He returned to his Blue Room studio in 2004 to record his third album "Presents: The Vault Vol 1.5". When listening to this album they are three things that are quite evident: Eric Roberson can sing, he knows about love and he is a good story teller. Despite the similar songs that appear in his previous album "Presents: The Vault Vol. 1" Eric provides some newer material to his listeners hence why this volume is termed 1 and a half as its not a complete new volume.
Similar to his previous album, Eric begins opening his soulful vault to his listeners with Couldnt hear me where he tells a story about love and jealousy of a female fan amongst other things. From this point on, Eric takes you into a journey of different stories, and situations that he has endured. He pours out his feelings on She ought to know with songtress Marsha Ambrosius from Floetry. In Obstacles, he discusses what things he has gone through. He begs for his girl not to change and stay the way she is in Change for me. When listening to these songs, one cannot help but to stop and relate to some if not all the songs and stories Eric spills into the microphone.
Eric puts a little twist (which turns out quite well) on Rock with you where he starts off the track with a head swinging R&B track and then halfway through it pauses, utters When the party was over. and then switches it up to a soulful groovy house mix forcing you to nothing but dance. This house groove spills over into Change for me which has become an underground hit for Eric. Eric closes his soulful vault with his bonus track I have song from the movie Prison song, a story of those who are incarcerated hoping and praying for the day when they are free.
Erics voice is smooth throughout the all the tracks and often bears similarity to Dwele (minus the adlibs) and sometimes Musiq Soulchild as what is heard in Obstacles. With the help of strong consistent beats and production intertwined with Erics melodic voice you will do nothing but close your eyes and just nod. Erics down to earth, truthful lyrics is a major factor to the overall production of this album. Instead of complaining about love, bitching about love, chastising about love, he tells about sacrificing love, celebrating love and enjoying love, something that a lot of R&B singers today seem to lack.