Take a little Justin Timberlake and mix it with a dash of Bruno Mars and a touch of Usher and you will have created the young and talented Spencer Rabin. When I first heard his sophomore album Apollo II, I would have never guessed that this is the work of an 18-year-old. There is a familiarity to these songs…a comfort to them…and a maturity that is rare in today’s music. I couldn’t help but think that this album has the guts to stand next to Usher’s Confessions yet with a current vibe that would sync perfectly in today’s musical world.

“I wanted to do something different – I wanted to get out of my comfort zone,” says Rabin. “I felt that doing so would help me grow creatively and musically.”

I personally feel as though Spencer stepped out of his comfort zone and entered into a place he belonged the whole time. After listening to the album a few times, I kept wanting more. Each song has a life of its own. From the smooth beats and perfect melody of Work! to the slow keys strumming along with the confessing lyrics of Anything and everything in-between. My personal favorite is Electric. The track has an energy and a style to it that can compete with JT himself. (Shhhh…don’t tell him I said that.)

Spencer, you need to keep on movin’ in this direction. Your sound has the perfect balance of freshness mixed with a dedication to the artists that came before you. It’s an amazing album, through and through. This is your path. This is your calling.

 

 

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