After months and months of “where is the rest of the music at” questions, Raury dropped his much-anticipated, but even more necessary, debut Indigo Child earlier this week. I’m no longer in the business of writing instant reviews on albums the day they come out to beat the rest of the internet, hence, the delayed (a WHOLE three days) posting of the project here.
If you had a chance to attend Raurfest a couple of months ago, you were probably one of the many who walked a more confused than intrigued because he basically did covers of artists he felt inspired by. Indigo Child is a continuation of that, but not in such a blatant way.
On moments throughout, you can hear that he’s obviously influenced by the same gang of people who have been co-signing him (Coldplay, Andre 3000, Kid Cudi). But where those artist use their songs to ask questions like “why did this happen to me/us?” Raury comes with “is this about to happen to me?” because shit…he’s 18. The best example of this is on “Woodcrest Manor,” a song about how things and feelings eventually fade away.
Which is ironic, because it seems like before most people are even giving themselves a chance to enjoy the music…they’re already debating on how long Raury will be around and if he will live up to the “hype” or if they will even like him by this time next year. Judging from how this album sounds, Raury should be able to top this with whatever he chooses to follow up with, easily.
That’s not to say that Indigo Child isn’t good, because it is. But you can tell that he’s made an album that is the soundtrack to his life up to this point, with vocal and production skills that probably haven’t even reached their full potential yet. What’s even more encouraging is that Raury was able to make an album about himself without always talking about “himself.” You know…like how new artists assume the world want to hear about their problems as…a new artist. Here, Raury kept it simple and wrote songs about freedom, love and the very real world around them, which is something that just about everybody can relate to.
Sonically, it reminds me heavily of Cody ChesnuTT’s The Headphone Masterpiece. But where Cody opted to give you two albums worth of material that you either cherished or forgot about soon after, Raury gives us 13-tracks in just over 40 minutes, making you want to go back and listen to see if you missed anything without it feeling like a chore.
But yeah, that’s about it though. My favorite song on here is probably “Woodcrest Manor.”