STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 177184- LABEL: Independent FORMAT: Digital Only Single
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
The latest album from experienced Canadian rock rapper kicks off with the explosive title track which promotes a message of hope amidst adversity delivered with chunky guitar riffs, thundering drums and shouted vocals. This theme of defiance and perseverance runs through this polished release with the likes of "All Time High" and "Kamikaze" being vitriolic rebukes to the singer's haters whilst victorious numbers like "Born For This" and "I Made It" are not shy in coming forward. Amidst all the bravado and self-assurance, it's in the quieter moments that Manafest packs the biggest punch with "Come Back Home" being a prodigal song of sorts whilst the utterly heartbreaking "Plan For Me" documents the devastating after-effects of abortion sung from both the would-be father and his unborn child's point of view with a guest vocal from the emcee's wife Melanie. Thousand Foot Krutch's Trevor McNevon shares songwriting credits and appears on the aforementioned "Come Back Home" to add further oomph to this dynamic offering. An album to search out.
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