STYLE: Reggae RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 146275-21244 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: Digital Only EP
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
Describing himself as a "gospel reggae artist on a mission to save souls", Florida-based Stephen Murphy has released a six track digital EP which contains a mix of slick R&B beats and a semi-rapped vocal delivery to provide the basis for a set of songs containing strong Christian themes. For instance, "Real Christians" tackles stereotypical perceptions of the believing community whilst the likes of "God A Dweet" and the title track promote the benefits of prayer and repentance respectively before proceedings close with socially and spiritually conscious "Pray Fi We Generation". Elsewhere "End Times" references thorny topics such as homosexuality, false prophets, famine and such like and, whilst it is frequently difficult to decipher Murphy's words throughout this release on account of his thick Jamaican accent and an eventually grating over-reliance on autotune vocals, such songs highlight a willingness to tackle hefty issues head on. On the whole though, this release and Murphy's obvious talents are somewhat hampered by an overriding similarity between each song as well the aforementioned difficulty in making out the words.
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