In quite all honestly, I have never been a big fan of John Reuben but then again a never gave his music a “hard” listen either. I’m not sure whether to classify John Reuben as Christian alternative or rap; he walks that line with his music, like some other notable artists (i.e. Toby Mac).
Well, lets get into this: Cool the underdog – is a track which basically stresses that one should not be focused on personal attainment or accolades.; Curiosity – speaks to man’s need to find something to fulfill him and the myriad of choices available to mankind.; Focus – seems to talk about how various things vie for our attention causing us to become lazy rather than focused.; Good evening – this track seems to be the mandatory party joint of the album and speaks to the desire of people to paint a nice ending, even if they are just faking it.; Make Money Money – in this song Reuben highlights the endeavors of men trying to pursue a living.; Miserable Exaggeration – this track speaks of the struggle of pride.; Sing It Like You Mean It – seems to be a message to not just talk about your dreams but act as if they are reality.; Trying Too Hard – this song appears to be giving a message to people who are trying to be something/someone they shouldn’t and should just slow their role.; Universal – this track highlights the need to take a “universal” approach and look beyond the present circumstances.; Word of Mouth – this song basically goes into the fact that there is nothing new under the sun.
Overall, the album is has a good vibe as far as it’s actually sound. Musically and sonically it is a good album, but the album seemed to lack a clear message. The album takes some biblical concepts but to the average listener it would be hard to interpret them. If you are looking for a album to challenge you theologically then this is not the album for you but if you are looking for a good album to vibe and chill out to then this would be a good cop.
Label: Gotee Records
Release Date: February 6 2007
|1.||Sing It Like You Mean It|
|2.||Trying Too Hard|
|5.||Word Of Mouth|
|9.||Cool The Underdog|