Bennie K

Best of the Bestest

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Even though it's a basic best-of compilation, the Best of the Bestest, one of two compilations released by the pop duo Bennie K in 2008, starts out with a rush of sound, hitting the listener with a wave of energy from the very start. As with their various releases, Cico and Yuki complement one another with stylistic differences meshed together by the compositions. The opening track, "Chakra," combines a dancehall-style rap from Cico with some strong vocalizing à la Evanescence courtesy of Yuki for a strangely frenetic barrage. This is followed inexplicably by a banjo-based number that falls a bit flat. Thankfully, the pace picks back up again soon after, going into stereotypical teen bop/pop, but at least fitting the duo's style more closely. By itself, Cico's rapping probably wouldn't stand well. Similarly, by itself Yuki's singing would seem overly stereotypical and unexceptional. The magic between these performers can be found in their combination and skillful application to compositions, such that the sounds don't quite clash but don't quite stray apart, either. There are some interesting tracks here, but nothing that truly stands out from the rest. It's all well-performed and more importantly, well-written, to the strengths of the two. Yuki's vocals are a show of force that are worth hearing in this tightly structured context, and fans of the duo should be thrilled at this release.

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