R.E.D. (Restoring Everything Damaged)

by: Deitrick Haddon

Less futuristic and brash compared to 2011's Billboard Gospel chart topper Church on the Moon, R.E.D. (Restoring Everything Damaged) is a little more rooted in traditional gospel and soul, but it's not lacking in youthful energy. Self-involved, Auto-Tune-enhanced opener "Paint It Red" is something of a fake-out, as the album eventually settles into more natural and welcoming content, including the uplifting "Feel a Breakthrough," the early-'80s-Prince-indebted "Victory," and the anthemic "Sweet Jesus." ~ Andy Kellman

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