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B.Reith, Heart On My Sleeve - EP
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B.Reith
Heart On My Sleeve - EP



Artist Info: Discography
Genre(s): Soul / Pop / Hip Hop
Album length: 6 tracks: 23 minutes, 2 seconds
Street Date: October 14, 2016


READER RATING:   


The music world hasn't heard much from B.Reith in a while; it's been five years since an actual release from the artist who is known for dabbling in both pop and hip hop. There are times when I listen to B.Reith and thoughts of an amazing musician come to mind, but there are also (and more frequently) times where I feel as if he is content to just make simplistic, radio-friendly tunes. Unfortunately, the latter is what the bulk of Heart On My Sleeve contains.

This small sampling begins with "Winning Feeling," a solid track featuring Christon Gray with the two artists working together to make a great pop-flavored, up tempo hip hop joint worthy to be played on repeat. The rest seems to slide downhill from there. "Can't Stop Loving You" is basically boring, and "Deep End" is quite repetitive in its chorus. And while "Roll With The Punches" gives positive vibes and "On My Own" speaks a solid message of avoiding solitude during struggles, both are lacking and don't leave me wanting more from B.Reith.

If you are looking for something that is light, fun, and full of positive messages, then Heart On My Sleeve may be exactly what you're looking for to play during those chill vibe times in life. However, if you want something that has more depth and doesn't seem like simplistic, repetitive radio-play, then you may want to pass on this one.

- Review date: 9/21/16, written by Kevin Hoskins of Jesusfreakhideout.com



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    Former Gotee Records talent B.Reith has made a name for himself over the years as a man who likes to do a little of everything. His soulful voice is perfect for R&B pop songs, while the singer likes to rap a bit too. For his new independently released EP, Heart On My Sleeve, the aptly titled project is as personal as ever for the artist, offering up some really honest and vulnerable moments. Fans of B's hip hop tunes might be a little disappointed, however, as he sticks mostly to the soulful pop. However, singing has always been B.Reith's strong suit, so it's on these songs that his talent has always especially shined. "Winning Feeling" is a fun hip hop opener, in a similar vein to previous tracks like "Comeback Kid," but "Start Over" may be the best track in the bunch, with a scrumptious drum beat (and production) and Brian's stellar vocals driving a song about the ups and downs of success. "Can't Stop Lovin' You" is a super catchy love anthem, while "Roll With the Punches" is another fun track, and another highlight in "On My Own" continues the vulnerable songwriting from Reith. However, the romantic closer, "Deep End," concludes the EP on a bit of down note; it's a little too monotonous for its own good. Throughout the EP, B. tends to echo himself with the main vocals (and not an actual echo), and it just gets a bit too repetitious too fast. By the EP closer, it's just gotten to be too much. With how good "On My Own" is, the EP probably could have ended after it and made it a tighter batch of songs. All in all, though, it's great to have B.Reith back in the game, and I look forward to the next time he puts his heart to the tune of catchy soulful pop music. - Review date: 10/17/16, written by John DiBiase

 

. Record Label: None
. Album length: 6 tracks: 23 minutes, 2 seconds
. Street Date: October 14, 2016
. Buy It: iTunes
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  1. Winning Feeling (ft. Christon Gray) (2:33)
  2. Start Over (4:18)
  3. Can't Stop Lovin' You (3:35)
  4. Roll With the Punches (3:54)
  5. On My Own (4:10)
  6. Deep End (4:33)

 

 

 

 



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