Manafest came on the scene a couple years back, doing mainly underground independent records, until getting picked up by BEC Recordings, who released his major label debut rap/rock hybrid Epiphany in 2005. The record garnered a few radio staples, and the number one hit, "Skills." Now he's gearing up for his sophomore release here at the near end of 2006, titled Glory. Does this release warrant a listen?
At first listen, Glory is a huge step up in not only production but also lyrically. On Epiphany, Manafest mixed the two styles of rock and rap to create a few unique songs, but kept rap songs as rap, and rock songs as rock, for the most part. The difference with Glory is that he keeps the rap/rock style more in each of the songs, which makes each track more unique than the last. Take the first single, for instance, "Bounce." The song starts out with a solid rap beat, but is covered by a guitar, and it makes for a great track. The chorus may seem monotonous at times, but the song grows on you quickly.
Some of the songs are more direct in their lyrical message as well, such as the emotional tracks "Runaway" and "Where Are You," both of which speak of the rapper's parents, and the latter talks specifically of his rough relationship with his father. Other key tracks include "Dreams," which talks about reaching for your dreams no matter how far away they seem, the rock-driven yet short "Wanna Know You," and the infectious "Don't Turn Away." Probably the highlight of the record is the second Trevor McNevan collaboration by Manafest, "Impossible." The rock/rap track is another staple to the TFK/Manafest sound, and showcases Trevor's talent as a singer yet again, just like in "Skills," and it makes for the best track on the record.
Sophomore records seem to always be hard to make, even if a debut doesn't do as well as some artists would like. It seems that Manafest got some pointers and used them to his advantage, and with Glory, it blows his debut out of the water. This is definitely an album to check out, and keep an eye out for Manafest as his sound continues to mature.
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4.5/5| Posted August 26, 2011
Glory marks a turning point in Manafest's career as the album which made him famous among the christian rock and hip hop community and it's not hard to see why. Everything that was present on his debut, Epiphany, sounds more mastered and cleaner. This includes the rock and hip hop fusion, which is the best thing about this album. Some great songs are present here like the excellent "Impossible," "Bounce," and "Retro Love." If you like Manafest and still don't have this album, what are you waiting for? Go get it ASAP. If you're looking for something different in either rock or hip hop, give this album a listen.
Great sophmore effort| Posted August 23, 2007
I'm usually not a big fan of rap, but Manafest's hiphop/rock fusion style got me hooked. I still have yet to buy his debut album Epiphany, but Skills and Rodeo were the songs that grabbed my attention. Glory is a solid album with another guest appearance from Trevor McNevan (TFK) on possibly the best song on the album, Impossible. Only a couple weak songs on the cd, greatly caused by stupid lyrics. However, lyrics for several other songs are quite heartfelt and emotional. Well done by a Candadian dude who can't make up his mind whether to rap or rock. This mix suites me just fine.