Royal Tailor

Black & White

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Royal Tailor summon the best parts of contemporary pop and hip-hop on Black & White, one of the most danceable Christian debuts in years. Funneling the influences of everyone from Maroon 5 to Jay Sean to Bruno Mars, the group's infectious pop results in one of the decade's most contemporary and well-produced albums. The group's rise caught the attention of fellow CCM artists Leeland, who introduced the band to their management at Provident Label Group. One reason RT gained notice is because of their success at sounding relevant. Where rank-and-file Christian artists have fallen flat in attempts to reach out to contemporary culture, Royal Tailor thrive with their blend of urban grooves and a penetrating yet not preachy message of morality. Lead single "Hold Me Together" introduces the band's warmth and catchy hooks, but listeners are in for a real treat as the rest of the album bounces with energy. The first notes of leadoff track "Death of Me" reveal a depth of talent that makes one think that they might not even realize how good they are. "Control" is where the guys really hit the floor, so to speak, with Tauren Wells' vocals referencing hits by Kesha, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry. Set to a Timbaland-like beat, the song creatively challenges the immorality encouraged by those songs with simple counter-messages such as "No teenage dream could ever be worth your soul." It's a clever way of sharing their message, and it's as vibrant and fresh as anything to come out of the Christian scene in years. Guitarist DJ Cox, bassist Blake Hubbard, and drummer Jarrod Ingram are superb in the rhythm section. The album doesn't disappoint, giving listeners plenty of reasons to keep this one on repeat.

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