Taylor James wants to make music that embraces love and peace in a world that seems hyper-focused on the opposites. The youngest of seven siblings, this artist knows a little something about advocating for himself and his beliefs, and this determination comes out on his album Insane. Lose yourself to this blend of R&B, soul, and groove and to the messages it puts forth. You won’t regret the light and lovely feeling it leaves you with.
There is something nostalgic about the kind of love that is present on Insane. From the eternal devotion expressed in “Rock (Throw Back Mix)”, which features the powerhouse vocals of Cassandra Wilkerson, to the sexy but always sweet tones of “This Time”, which puts passion into spoken word. But the nostalgia is perhaps most present on album opener (and evocative of Prince in the title) “Back 2 U”. D’Andre Vison lends his vocal talents to this catchy tune which — once again — expresses a romance in its purest form.
But don’t think that Insane is all about perfect relationships. Though the music is often sexy, Taylor James isn’t afraid to give his stance on politics. “Good News” puts the vocals on top as the lyrics desire change in a fraught political environment. With biblical allusions and a world of hope, this song tethers an album of love to reality. “Make It Right” is another tonal shift: an apology song that goes into the complexities that come with the love that he so celebrates. These tracks dip into the bigger picture and give credibility to the love songs.
Taylor James is an optimist in his dreams of spreading love and light, though Insane proves he is, well, sane in his acknowledgement of the complex world we live in. If you’re looking for some love to brighten up your day, putting on this record is sure to lift you up.