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All we need is love. The premise isn't a new notion. From 1 Corinthians to The Beatles' 1967 revolutionary anthem, the love renaissance has permanently played an integral role in the artistic cause and the human condition. But welcomed now is a modern take on a timeless theme brought forward by 19-year-old Atlanta-native, Raury on his genre-polygonal debut studio album, All We Need. Acoustic guitar-driven folk music blends fervently with spoken word-esque rap verses and passionate R&B-mingled choruses through fourteen emotional purpose-driven tracks brimming with woke material and a call to change for the millennial '90s baby generation like the passionate artist out of Stone Mountain, Georgia.

"Who can save the world, my friend?" Raury solemnly sings on the album's inaugural title track before shifting and expanding his concern on 'Revolution,' where he pleads with us and god to save this burning earth with vibrato-infused choral chants through erratic chords and ancestral percussion. "Who's bold enough to do it?" The album, a follow-up to last year's acclaimed Indigo Child EP, is an authorial address, speaking to the globe's most prominent and calamitous issues that plague humanity's evolution, like obesity, racial tension, corporate greed, mass pollution, poverty and the depletion of the earth's natural resources. But with the aid of eclectic production-masterminds like Danger Mouse, Malay, DJ Kahlil and Jacknife Lee, along with guest features from the likes of Big K.R.I.T., RZA and Atlanta's own Key!, the collaborative alliance and Raury's avid delivery make for a genre-bending soulful sonic realization that puts the young prodigy's convincing cause overhead of the versatile activist cuts he sings, raps and strums to. Love and knowledge, above all else.

Alongside Mississippi-rapper Big K.R.I.T on the contemplative album single 'Forbidden Knowledge,' the Southern duo exchange focused and insightful lyrics over atmospheric skeletal production, while challenging hatred, segregation, and the notion of how formerly hidden information can destroy mankind. 'Devil's Whisper' begins as a prickly folk number and progressively evolves into an impressive electronic cut while showcasing Raury's immense songwriting versatility as he toys with the temptation to ditch his musical purpose for capitalist gain, a decision he obviously avoided. However, the album isn't entirely somber and serious as Raury uses an alter-ego of sorts by the name of DJ Smooth Jazz to transition between tracks and to add comedic relief through randomly placed skits. He's still a teen, after all and manages to have fun with his debut, as evident on tracks like 'Crystal Express' and 'Trap Tears' which features Atlanta-peer Key! on the acoustic trap ballad that gives the album the care-free number it needed.

Ending the opus with the uniting and promising 'Friends,' accompanied by legendary Rage Against The Machine guitarist, Tom Morello and a children's chorus, Raury leaves us with the urge to imagine a better world. "I have some friends that are the future," he contently concludes, almost directly answering the thought-provoking questions he had asked at the very beginning on the compact and conscious album.

"I'd love to sell a million copies but I'd rather influence a million minds," Raury tweeted just days before the album's official release. And he just might do it.

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