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Stronger Than Ever
Posted April 03, 2018
By MarkRyan_NRT, Staff Reviewer


What You Need to Know:
Florida based artist Roy Tosh is back after almost three years with Above The Water. Tosh continues in his melodic hip hop ways with a ten track album released on the Reflection Music Group (Derek Minor, Deraj, Tony Tillman) imprint RMG Amplify. Tosh's execution on the record shows a new level of maturity for the artist and a definite growth and willingness to color outside any preconceived lines.

What it Sounds Like:.
Above The Water brings together a blend of melodic urban vibes and south Florida hip-hop. There is a depth to the layers of production throughout the album. The beat is always out in front, but when you lock yourself in to listen, the subtleties on the tracks "Never 2 Late," 'What A Year" and "Day 1" shine through and brings a new appreciation for the artistry on the album.

Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights:
Although the album is not an exercise in lyrical theology, it does not fall short in the area of openly proclaiming the goodness and faithfulness of God. The opening track, "Never 2 Late," encourages the listener to trust God in the process and sow the talents we've been given. "Day 1" provides a biblical outlook on the relationship of husband and wife. The title track, "Above the Water," speaks openly of the daily struggle while confirming God's presence-- it is reminiscent of a modern-day Psalm, not unlike King David's many worship psalms when he was in the wilderness.

Best Song on the Record:
"Day 1 (feat. J. Paul)." Even though it has become cliché on many CHH albums for there to be a song about the artist's wife, this is a well-executed track melodically and lyrically, and J. Paul on the hook is never a bad thing.

For Fans Of:
TobyMac, KJ-52, Aaron Cole, Andy Mineo, Benjah, Deraj

Final Word:
Above The Water is Roy Tosh's strongest album to date. As he grows as an artist, he continues to build and solidify his own style and flow while paying homage to those that had the greatest influence on him.


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