Richards flirts with the contemporary dance sound on 'Faith', however "Armor" is in the vein of Drake’s moody Melancholy&B "Take Care", with a splash of Janelle Monae’s "Metropolis Suite I: The Chase"; mostly featuring down-trodden and mid-tempo synths with almost jungle sounding drum beats (second track 'Black Lipstick' in particular) weaving in and out of Richard’s smooth and enigmatic voice. The album-sorry EP, truly kicks in on the third track and lead single 'Bombs' where she confidently bellows “Y’all throwin’ shade, but I’m so summer” stomping the h8rs out as they can’t phase her, and if she keeps going in this direction, they won’t either. “Armor” is a consistent album. Richards is vocally very strong, and as far as the current face of the dance pop/R&B scene (which has GOT to be over soon as we’re all so sick of it), we need more artists like Dawn Richards around to keep on taking the genre to the level she speaks of, and as "Armor" is envisioned as a prelude to Richards "GoldenHeart Triology" those who are bored of current mainstream music scene will probably find what it is they are looking for.
Key Tracks: Bombs, Automatic