Benjamin Blower - Babylon Is Dead Vol 1

Published Saturday 6th February 2010
Benjamin Blower - Babylon Is Dead Vol 1

STYLE: Rock
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 87043-16171
LABEL: Zang Productions
FORMAT: CD EP
ITEMS: 1

Reviewed by Carl Grimsditch

These five tracks convey a prophetic imagery, with an unusual delivery. Musically the songs are vaguely reminiscent of Cypress Hill with a hip-hop feel fused with country and folk in places. Lyrically the songs flip between rapping and pleasantly melodic singing, "The Love Song Of My Generation" is a very good example of this. Hailing from Birmingham, Benjamin cites influences from Johnny Cash, C S Lewis and Buck 65 amongst others. Dealing with some common societal issues such as monetary idolisation, sex before marriage and selfishness, Benjamin writes intelligent and informed lyrics. Unfortunately the delivery of these lyrics leaves something to be desired for the rapping is sloppy and feels uncomfortable for the most part, however, the singing in the final two songs is a great improvement. One particularly powerful song is "The Love Songs Of My Generation" with lyrics like "We became gods - every man for himself/We're not givers, we're takers/We're not lovers, we're consumers/Sex is like food to us, pure sensory pleasure".

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