Dawn Richard’s “Armor On” EP Reviewed By A.L. BURGOS

Album: Armor On (EP)
Artist: Dawn Richard
Release Date: March 27th 2012

So as you read this you might be saying, “Dawn Richard? Okay I know that name but who is she?!” Well let me clear that up for you before your brain starts to hurt.

Dawn Richard was simply known as “Dawn” when she was part of the girl group sensation “Danity Kane” and when she was 1/3 of Diddy’s group “Dirty Money”. Now since the disbandment of “Dirty Money” Dawn has left Bad Boy and has been releasing mixtapes. This album is a EP which is serving as an interlude to her actual album coming out later this year.

Dawn has been known for her R&B and Hip Hop and on this album it is R&B mixed with some robotic beats and vocals. Dont get me wrong she sounds amazing on this album but I feel she is using the auto tune and some robotic sounding shit that is not needed.

Dawn has grown musically on this EP from her old Danity Kane pop songs. Here she is singing about heart break and piece of shit men. On songs like “Bombs” and “Automatic” she is mad and she curses like a sailor. Now I love songs that have cursing in them and here, for her, it works cause I can feel her anger at the guy. So let the cursing flow!!

On “Black Lipstick” she is singing about a woman to a beat that seems so weird like it belongs on the Kanye West album “808 and Heartbreaks”. I am not saying that its not good because it actually is. Once again, it works for her and what she was going for on this EP. I dont know what she is talking about on this song I wont lie. Dawn sings, “She wears black lipstick on a renegade jacket.” I’m assuming this woman hurt her some how I dont know…”I must be color blind cause I’m bleeding black and gray”

On the song “Change,” the beat isnt as hard as the ones before it (its still some what hard) and she sings beautifully with a beautiful voice. “It aint change it aint still the same change, it aint change still the same, I still love you, like the angels do” The chorus is so beautiful. This song is a hit to me.

“Heaven” is a good song too. Here she goes back to the auto tune which can get so damn annoying!! LOL! The guy on the chorus is singing and he is sooooo auto tuned its not even funny -_-… The beat isnt anything special either, compared to the rest of the album.

My favorite song on this album is “Save me from you (Remix)” This song is so emotional. My hair on my arms stand up as she sings about a man that is not healthy for her and he tossed her heart in the flame. She needs to be saved from him and it feels dark and sad. I love this song. This is the stand out song on the album for me. No auto tune just a nice mellow beat and her amazing voice!!!!!

Overall this EP is a nice piece of work. It makes me so excited for the whole album later this year! I am just hoping that its not so much auto tune just the great fast dance beats and her amazing vocals.

4 Out of 5 stars. This EP is amazing!!!!!