Dependance - One Life

Published Wednesday 9th November 2005
Dependance - One Life
Dependance - One Life

STYLE: Hip-Hop
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13732-7059
LABEL: Authentic Media 1903122
RRP: £0.99

Reviewed by David Bain

Dependance, a five-person, hip-hop, drum'n'bass group from the North East, have stacks of energy and enough variety of styles to appeal to most punters, although they primarily work in schools making this release firmly aimed at that market. Dare I say it, they tread very closely in the well worn path taken by The Tribe. "Stomp" kicks the journey off, with hyped up shout outs laid over a big-beat, hip-hop sound. Huge slabs of pop-tinged R&B follow with mesmerizing singing, delivering messages about how amazing God is and never giving him up. The raps, chopped up into most of the tracks, keep the pace going and are delivered in a sing-a-along style. Sometimes getting a bit too heavy and dark, like on "Meaningless" and "Mask", I found the desperate tones in the rapping not quite fitting with the upbeat sound initially put down. The variations get crazier as Dependance take a whole track out to deliver a band-member testimony. This is followed by the track "Pressure", a bizarre mix up of dubby drum'n'bass with a Faithless influence on the vocal. It's a mixed bag of sweet and sour tunes that Dependance offer us. This album is pitched well at their schools' audience, but clearly isn't in the running for hip-hop album of the year.

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Reader Comments

Posted by jodi in hunmanby @ 17:45 on Jul 22 2008

dependance r the best when i am older i want to join there group hi sophie hi sj hi jill

Posted by sam in Newcastle upon Tyne @ 13:49 on Nov 22 2005

Whats this guy on about, a bit too dark and heavy!?! Wicked ablum!!

Posted by roberta in Newcastle upon Tyne @ 13:45 on Nov 22 2005

This ablum is totally mint and will appeal to unchurch young people with its unique sound and challanging in ya face message, theres no pussy footing around with the truth of what they are saying about life with and without God! This is bound to be 'dark and heavy' life without God is just that!!
This review doesn't even match the quality dependance put into there gigs and passion for the what they believe.

Posted by Mr X in Kingdom of heaven @ 16:34 on Nov 13 2005

This album will send Gods message of the Gospel into thousands of young kids hearts. The highly commercial sound will also help convey the timeless message that Jesus died for the sins of the world and all else is utterly meaningless.
Love Mr X!

Posted by kler maloret in liverpool @ 15:04 on Sep 25 2005

The dependance cd is really good. I saw dependance live at merseyfest and they were fab,so I was really excited when i found out the cd was due out. Ellie's vocals are amazing. My favourite song is the mask one - a truly fantastic album- watch out tribe/delerious you have competition!!!!!!

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