Thursday, February 25, 2010

CD Review - Eric Benét - Hurricane


Title: HurricaneAuthor: Eric Benét
Media type: Sound Recording
Genre: R&B/ Soul

Eric Benét is most famously known for his marriage to Academy Award winning actress, Halle Berry, but he can also sing. He is very talented, but does not get the fame and acclaim I think he deserves.
His music is very soothing and sentimental and seems to always put you in a “good mood.” His soul cries out to his listeners in each song he sings. He makes you feel the song in your soul and you feel as if the song is speaking directly to you or was made just for you in your time of need. Although Hurricane has been out a few years, it is still a must “listen to” CD that is timeless.

Benét was Erics’ mother's maiden name, and he was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is the youngest of five siblings.

Benét sang with a Top 100-style group called Gerard in the late 1980s. Benét, his sister Lisa, and his cousin George Nash Jr. formed a band called Benét and released a self-titled album in 1992, but it only sold 100,000 copies.

Benét's career-building, however, was interrupted by a series of personal tragedies. His father died of cancer. Next his girlfriend Tami Marie Stauff died of injuries suffered in an automobile crash (April 24, 1993) after languishing in a coma for five days. He took a job with Uniter Parcel Service in Milwaukee and eased back into music by producing demo recordings for local artists. (Retrieved Wikipedia 1/25/10)

The song Hurricane speaks of all the pain one endures, but just like a hurricane, it can be washed away just as easily as it came. Was he speaking of the many tragedies he has endured over time? Not sure, but in the song you can actually feel the depth of his voice. Take a listen and let me know what you think.

HurricaneSurrounded by everything I want
But nothing that I need
I was blinded by the absurdityLosing all identity
Sometimes what you fear the most is what you need
To find that road
Right around that curve a lesson learned
Now that I have the eyes to see
A hurricane, a hurricane
Is sometimes the only way to wash away the painA hurricane, a hurricane
Is sometimes the only thing that brings you back again

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