Benjah ‘The Break Up’ Review

The Break Up

Benjamin ‘Benjah’ Thom is a critically acclaimed GRAMMY nominated and Dove Award winning songwriter, producer, and music engineer.

Benjah was featured on and produced two tracks for Lecrae’s latest project entitled ‘Rehab.’ He also produced and was featured on ‘Blacklight’ by Tedashii and has worked with mainstream neo-soul singer Angie Stone.

All of this (plus the fact that Benjah was an original member of Group 1 Crew) made us expect big things from ‘The Break Up’. Somehow Benjah manages to fuse, Hip Hop, Power Pop, Reggae and Rock seamlessly on this album blending music that has been influential to him creating something quite unique.

‘Not Alone’ features the voice of Rachael Lampa which is a surprisingly great collaboration and she adds a new texture to song, brightening it up… Love the Pop/Rock vibe of this song.

‘Keep Riding’ sounds VERY similar to ‘Hard’ by Rihanna feat. Young Jeezy… but it’s sure to get heads nodding and captivated by the hard hitting beat and Benjah’s Reggae/Dancehall approach to the way he sings this song.

‘Walkin Out’ is an upbeat pop song that encourages us to live up to our full potential and has a summer vibe about it.

Group 1 Crew show up and make their presence known on ‘My Angel’ bringing more Power Pop to the album.

‘The Break Up’ takes us back to old school RnB/Hip Hop… Classic groove, simple melodic structure.

‘The Break Up’ is a good album… It’s really strengthended by the album features with Rachael Lampa, St. Matthew, Dillavou, Group 1 Crew, C-Lite and Ron Kenoly Jr all lending their talents to the project. These collaborations really impacted the album, added different colours, textures and vibes to what could potentially have been a very ordinary album with songs that sounded like a lot of other songs and to a certain degree creating a sense of a lack of originality.

On the other-hand we think Benjah chose great artist’s to collaborate with and add to his music rather than take away from it which shows a lot artistry and musicality from the producer, singer, song-writer.

‘The Break Up’ has something for everyone on it although possibly not enough for the listener who’s not already a fan to fall in love with it but definitely enough to have a few tracks that get repeated or added to a playlist.

3/5

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