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Benny Sings Benny… at Home

  • Words: Janet Tzou
  • Label: Sonar Kollektiv
  • XLR8R Rating: 7.5/10

Tim “Benny Sings” van Berkestijn is a Dutchman who might envision himself as the Netherlands’ next-gen Stevie Wonder, albeit for the commercial age. Imagine a bouncier, more pop-directed take on distinctly ’80s throwback R&B, with less soul and a jingle-like catchiness, and you’ve pretty much got it. Tracks like “Blackberry Street” could be the backdrop for a toothpaste ad, but pieces like “Let Me In” and “We’ll Make Lovesongs” showcase Berkestijn’s ability to morph something sentimental and fluffy into curiously lovely songs. Plus, you just gotta love a Dutch dude who belts out stuff like “you’re outta sight.”

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