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CD REVIEW: Bendicion - Latin Explosion
By Reid Murray - 11/13/2007 - 12:27 AM EST

Artist: Bendicion
Album: Latin Explosion
Label: All Americano
Genre: Alternative Rap/Hip-Hop, Reggae, Rock
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 7/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Enciende, Thats the Way, Rapido
Weakness: The slower songs, I just don't relate to them in hip-hop.
CD Review: Upon pressing play on my remote, I didn’t know what to expect of Bendicion’s “Latin Explosion” as it flooded through my speakers. I have to say, the music was better than I may have expected, I respect what Bendicion does on this album with his original style.

He combines alternative rap/hip-hop with reggae, and a little rock, all delivered in the tongue of English and Spanish. Bendicion adds his own touch to his music, rapping in a low, often quick, rough voice, which speaks more directly to the listener. In addition to his rougher voice in most songs, there’s a feeling of vulgar distaste in Bendicion’s attitude towards today’s problems and certain politicians in America.

In the second song, “Roosters,” Bendicion sheds light on problems in America, such as education. He releases steam in “That’s the Way,” making me wonder what he’d do to President Bush and father Bush in an initial acquaintance and any that happened to follow. I think it’s great that Bendicion raps how disgusted he is with President Bush and Bush Sr.’s work as President; in times like today, I feel that we need many people to constantly speak out against wrong-doing politicians. Many fellow Americans and other folk can relate to this song.

“Enciende” really caught my senses that find songs catchy. The use of Spanish lyrics in this song enhance Bendicion’s flow and delivery. Another smooth song, and probably the most commercial at that, is “Rapido,” featuring Miky Bad Boy. This Reggaton style song is full of quick rapping and is enhanced with Miky Bad Boy’s smoother voice in contrast to Bendicion’s rougher sound. But rough isn’t always the case, in “Everything,” we can hear a softer voice and approach from Bendicion, as well as “Sanctuary,” which is suited with an acoustical guitar.

I may not know much of the Latin culture, both older and today’s young, in America, but Bendicion is on his way to something, which very well may be what he’s working on, a movement. This movement is one that I hope many catch on to, we need music with much meaning to be noticed.

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