With his unique blend of pop and hip/hop strewn across his singer/songwriter mould, Mat Kearney has become one of Christian music’s most innovative songwriters. Since 2011’s Young Love, Kearney has been steadily diversifying his sound, adding elements of R&B and even Reggae to his musical palette. Because of this inventive background, a record like CRAZYTALK may seem like a rather unfortunate step back at first glance. It’s not as immediate as Young Love or as musically diverse as Just Kids. On the first impression then, it’s easy to be underwhelmed at just how laid-back and uniform it is in its approach. But given some time to simmer, the nuances start revealing themselves. The chill vibes go from unexpected and jarring to welcoming and intimate.
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