I almost get the sense that Benjamins is working against type. He knows what he should be and where he is best suited but someone or something is tugging at him telling him that there is no commercial potential in what he really is. The first rule of being an artist, Mr. Benjamins, is be true to yourself. Artistic expression depends on sincerity and it is something you cannot fake. Only an artist of rare talent can transcend themselves and find success in any genre. Jimi Hendrix would have been a star covering nursery rhymes but those artists come once in a generation, if we’re lucky.
The music business is littered with artists these days, some better than others but without a true and unflinching belief in yourself and what you are about, success will always be just around the next corner. Benjamins’ new EP makes me want to hear more from this artist but doesn’t make me want to rush out and buy this one. All in all, I hear a lot of potential but very little of it realized on this effort.