Album Review: Cris Cab 'Rise'
Cris Cab has been on constant replay at TheNext2Shine ever since his covers of songs like “Pumped Up Kicks” and “Black & Yellow” began earning millions views on YouTube. His laid-back reggae vibe garnered the attention of Pharrell Williams, who dubbed Cab “the future.” Now, Cab moves on to the next step of his career with Rise, his label debut for Mercury Records.
The five-song EP offers a unique set of tracks, each one showing a different side to Cab’s musical talents. “Good Girls (Don’t Grow On Trees)” has the potential to be the biggest chart-topping single of the five. Co-written by Pharrell and produced by Wycel Jean, the song shows Cab’s vocals teetering between reggae and an R&B tone with a strong feature from rapper Big Sean. “Face to Face” is a defiant club track with a danceable hip hop beat. The slow rolling drums and light guitar riffs on “White Lingerie” let Cab’s signature reggae vocals take center stage with a highly catchy chorus. It shows off what got him noticed in the first place.
Cab feels like a breath of fresh air in music. His reggae-infused pop sound on Rise is just different enough to get people interested and excited. It’s too early to tell if William’s prediction of Cab is accurate, but after hearing Rise, it sure seems he is one his way. Rise is available now and catch Cab on tour through November.