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Randevyn: The Randevyn Project

R&B has always borrowed from gospel, but typically the foot-stomping, roof-raising gospel. On The Randevyn Project, the mellowed-out Christian rock allusions to Israel & New Breed appear to be the inspiration. Once considered ATL's Musiq, Randevyn has morphed into a new, more restrained soul child, one who wholly embraces acoustic pop and rock. You wish the rock chords weren't so familiar; you wish he'd avoided kitschy thunderstorm and heart-monitor sound effects; and you wish he varied the key he chose to sing in more. But despite gambling away originality, Randevyn is to be commended. With songs like the western-tinged "Colorado," the slavery rebuke in "American Drum," and the moody electric rock of "Graveyard Treasure," he navigates rarely charted waters for a soul singer. Its change Randevyn clearly believes in, but will soul fans? Uh, maybe? 3 stars.