Overview With 200,000 units under his belt, Columbus native John Reuben is back on the scene with his 4th Gotee release The Boy Vs The Cynic. A guest appearance from Matt Thiessen (Relient K) on the first radio single and music video, Nuisance, hints that this album will connect well beyond John?s strong fan-base (built by steady touring and main-stage festival performances over the past four years) and into the mass consumer market. Another stand-out track, Out of Control, will be included on this year?s X Compilation and is sure connect live as John (who now plays with a full band) joins Pillar on their 30+ city tour this spring.
TRACK LISTING 01. Out Of Control 02. Nuisance 03. Chapter 1 04. Follow Your Leader 05. Sales Pitch 06. Sunshine 07. So Glad 08. What About Them? 09. There's Only Forgiveness 10. All I Have 11. Cooperate 12. The Boy vs. The Cynic
Record Label Gotee Records
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.41" Weight: 0.21 lbs.
Release Date Jun 21, 2005
Publisher EMI- CMG DISTRIBUTION #36
ISBN 0012311065 EAN 0669447294702 UPC 669447294702
Most songs were good, but some didn't sound that great. I would say about 8 out of 12 were good. I don't like 4 of them because they are slow. The first two are my favorite, because they have a better tune. More hip-hop than rap. Overall I am happy with it.
He just keeps getting better.... Sep 12, 2006
For the last several years, John Reuben has been garnering himself quite the following in the Christian music world. As someone who has listened to him since his first CD (Are We There Yet) I have been able to see and hear the progression of his music and his message. For those familiar with his earlier CD's this one goes in a slightly different direction. Instead of it being just John, DJ Manuel, and occasionally Alan Augusta amongst a few others, John opts to go with a full band set up and delves into the rap/rock genre. And if I say so, he does it very well.
The first couple of tracks get you into the vibe of the CD, but once you get into the body of the album, John shows his musical growth. With songs that touch upon political correctness, the American coorporate ways, and the world of business marketing and the ways they do their business and place their expectations upon the unwilling public for their desires, he has begun to take on larger topics and grown his message to a much grander and profound scale. All of this is topped off with the self-reflective Boy vs The Cynic track. It is a slow brooding reflection upon how society and its ways effect him and how he copes and reacts.
While this may not be the same upbeat and fun Reuben sound most are used to, it is a huge leap in his progression as an artist. He still has his fun tracks on the CD of course, but the real meat lies in the new tone he throws in.
I highly recommend this CD for anyone who likes more of a rock vibe in their music as opposed to his traditional rap sound. The two are blended well. Regardless though, John Reuben is a tremendous artist and despite whether or not you may have liked some of his earlier things, this CD is worth a listen.
On a side note, see him live whenever you get the chance. He is a great entertainer and I have been lucky enough to see him several times (and even got on stage way back during the Are We There Yet years) and you just can't help but love it.
I agree with T-Rod's review...good but not great Aug 1, 2006
Several good songs like "Nusiance" and "Out of Control" "Sunshine" "All I Have." I really don't think J.R. is the best rapper. Sometimes he sounds like he's trying too hard to be one, and that's where the problem is. Another thing that I didn't like was this: This album is definitely a little cynical. Not all of it. Just some of it. I think if you find it for a good price then this CD is worth buying. It's great music for driving down I-45. Great bass.
unique, powerful Jun 27, 2006
John is the most unique rapper in the Christian hip-hop areana. Each album has built on the one before, culminating in this CD. Having established himself as a rapper and gaining a fan base, John is now unleashing the hard truth. The most well known song on the album is Nuisance, but certainly not the only hit. Each song is a fresh (sometimes hard) reality check that continually inspires me. I especially love 'Sales Pitch,' it is agressive lyrically, vocally, and musically. I've met a lot of people who do not like hip hop, but I've never met anyone who didn't like John Reuben. Check this guy out!
A Breath of Fresh Air May 7, 2006
If ever a CD was named aptly, it was this one. The Boy vs. the Cynic is one of the most hard hitting Christian Rap albums ever released. In a genre known for its uplifting and encouraging rhymes, John Reuben makes a bold move toward darker, but undoubtedly more important subject matter. John calls out American culture and Christianity alike, condeming corruption and complacency. John does the important job of admonishing the lackluster attitude of American Christianity and our compromising ways. In 'What About Them?' he lays down a convicting set of lyrics that speaks of the church's inability to walk the talk:
"Please remember to say grace before we scrape our plates and ignore the crying outside the door - sure you'll pray for their burdens but you don't want to make it yours."
Overall, a very satisfying, convicting, and enriching lyrical set from the fearless John Reuben. A definate buy for any believer seeking to forgo much of Christian music's fluff to address deeper spiritual matters.