Benjiman - Activate
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Activate opens boldly with the title track. Blending electronic synths, live guitars and engaging raps, Benjiman's sound immediately offers a TobyMac meets Linkin Park vibe. Catchy keys and soulful harmonies provided by producer Zach Hodges give tracks like "This One" and "Trace Of Love" a more Maroon5-laced-with-hip-hop feel. While much of the record possesses this formula, "Upside Your Head" switches gears to serve up a standard rap track ala Mars Ill or even Grits. "One More Time" and "Lay It All Down" finish off the record in this style, with the latter offering up noteworthy and encouraging vocals to drop life's burdens at the foot of the cross.