STYLE: R&B RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 47183-14683 LABEL: Verity 886972163222 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2008-07-31 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Paul Poulton
Have you ever left your house feeling well dressed but when you got to where you were going you ended up standing next to someone who was strikingly well turned out, leaving you feeling a bit of a scruffy dude? That's how other young R&B outfits may feel when listening to 21:03; they may be good but end up sounding slightly shabby when compared to Evin Martin, Torrence Greene and Jor'el Quinn from Detroit, because what these three boys do, they do really well. They have the harmonic spit and polish necessary to put together such a clean and tasteful bunch of grooves the unsuspecting listener is likely to have an involuntary skip put into his day; and all this with the minimum use of auto-tune. Please check out "Talkin' About", it has a head nodding quality that rivals Paul Radcliffe's famous head-nod as she runs her record breaking marathons. The following track "U Got Me Through" has the same effect, affecting the muscles of the neck so as to make the head move to and fro in reciprocating fashion, just like you are using body language to say the word "yes" in a hearty way. Just hope no one asks you if you would like to volunteer for some disagreeable task - like, "would you like to clean all the bathrooms in the building?" - while you are listening to it. I thoroughly enjoyed 21:03's debut album and this their follow up has taken things to the next level, and at a time of personal pain for Evin, losing his mother to MS and to further his grief he lost his dad to brain cancer while recording this album.
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PAJAM protégés 21:03 are Evin Marin, Torrence Green, and Jor’El Quinn. These three dynamic young men are the embodiment of what it means to be triple threats in Gospel music. They sing, they dance, and they praise…and do each with equal amounts of skill, vigour and passion.
On the heels of their debut release, Twenty One O Three, and an acclaimed Stellar Award win for Best Rap/Hip-Hop CD of the year, 21:03 return with an incomparable follow-up album. The new release rejoins the group with their mentor and “big brother,” Gospel’s critically acclaimed and highly celebrated J. Moss, who resumes his position in the producer’s seat, alongside his longtime collaborators and partners, Paul, “P.D.A.” Allen and Walter Kearney, collectively known as PAJAM.
21:03 is positioned to lead the charge of young men who are surrounded by the temptations of this world, yet are determined to remain set apart and on fire for Christ. They are the epitome of what it means to be in this world, but clearly not of it.