Acts 29 - Under Exposed      
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written by Hugo Lunny    
For those currently unaware; Acts:29 consist of two emcees (Braille and Soul Plasma) and a slick producer by the name of Ohmega Watts. The group (at least on this album) create music which tends to have a pretty strong religious theme. Evidently, this is a group consisting of proud Christians. There's nothing wrong with that. But, I was curious as to how I would react towards the material, considering I'm not a very religious fellow.

I was semi-surprised, though not entirely, to find myself enjoying some of the tracks which were filled with Christian propaganda. The reason being is because I'm already very familiar with Braille's material, and have heard a fair few Ohmega produced cuts. Though the words may not mesh brilliantly with your own perspective on things, pretending that they're not well performed, and aren't accompanied by music which fits them on multiple levels, is idiotic.

The secret as to why Acts:29 work well, basically is that they have skills. Though the rhymes aren't phenomenonally breathtaking, they are carefully written and include comedic content as well as depth. Braille and Soul Plasma evidently have had a few times on the mic as their flowing style is very well developed. And as for Ohmega Watts, his beats are consistently cool ('Blank Minds' and 'Hurts To See' being perfect examples). '

See Clear' begins the album on a funky introductory vibe. Very nicely done, a little later we have 'Sweet Tooth' - a nice tale about a greedy thief who continually steals. Soul Plasma and Braille put forth some nice verses on the subject of this character, and Tiffany Simpson provides a fitting hook.

What I didn't particularly like from 'Under Exposed' was exactly what I feared being bombarded with. Overly religiously themed tracks. Though you're by no means bombarded with these themes, the end of the album tends to be where good examples of them are clustered. 'We Know,' I felt would have been better minus the ending "We were there, but we turned when we learned God is real." And 'Confessions' is a track which I really had problems with. I wasn't really feeling any aspect of the song, it seemed tacky.

Overall, 'Under Exposed' is a pretty good album. For non-Christian/non-religious people, there are a variety of subtly themed tracks which work very nicely. And, if you are a religious Christian, this album is heavenly.

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