"The song "Can we stay together" is what got me hooked. Then one day I was watching BET and they showed his video "Feminitity", and oh boy it was on and poppin' then. I've been a fan ever since. Eric's music and voice just melts you. He has a beautiful voice. I have both of his CD's and I can't wait for his third album entitled "Better and Better". If you don't have this album you must get it now, along with his other album "A Day in the life"."
A. Merritt | Gainesville, GA USA | 08/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been waiting for an opportunity to post this review of Eric Benet's first album since it was first released in 1996. At the time I worked for a national record store chain and was doing everything I could to promote his album, including buying my own copy when I could have gotten a free promotional copy from the label rep and letting everyone know it.
"Eric Benet is one of the most exciting young singer/songwriters to come along since Brian McKnight burst on the R&B music scene in 1992. His songwriting is prolific, mature, and socially conscious without being sappy or overly sentimental. Benet wrote or co-wrote all but one of the tracks on his debut album, and his vocal delivery in each song is moving and convincing. From the funky opening groove of the title track, to the beautiful orchestration of "While You Were Here", a bittersweet, tearjerking ballad (dedicated to the memory of his daughter India's mother who died tragically in a car accident), Benet manages to capture the heart, mind and soul of the listener for the duration of this album.
The musicianship of his album personnel is often reminiscent of superband Mint Condition, and serves to enhance Benet's powerful vocals. The evidence of the influence of Stevie Wonder's vocal and arranging styles come through on this album, too, but not often enought to limit Benet from carving out his own niche in the R&B world. If this isn't this young artist's best work, then he and his fans are in for a long, enjoyable career."
Recommended tracks: While You Were Here Let's Stay Together Femininity Spiritual Thang I'll Be There
I had the pleasure of meeting Eric Benet at a live performance/autograph signing at a local club called "The Warehouse" in Detroit, MI, when "True to Myself" was first released. Benet struck me as a very down to earth individual who was a very humble and talented artist. Of course, all this was prior to his very public courtship and marriage to Halle Berry and their subsequent break up. Even though the circumstances surrounding his split with Ms. Berry may have left some of his previous admirers questioning his character as an individual, his talent as an artist has not diminished and TRUE fans of his music will stick by him because his talent is undeniable. I have yet to purchase his latest album, "Hurricane", but I will be buying my copy soon! I love what I've heard of it and if the title track is any indication, Benet's fans have gotten another great set out of an accomplished artist whose musical growth has been borne out of his life experiences.
True to His Listeners
Trish | 07/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Have you ever bought a CD, took it home and popped it in the player only to find there were on a few songs that you liked on it? Well you wont be disappointed with the Eric Benet "True To Myself" CD. You see Eric didnt just put a CD together. He wanted to convey a message to his listeners. I believe every artist put a bit of themself in their music and whether Eric is sharing a bit of some personal reflections or not I believe we all can relate with the tunes on this CD. The music has a urban soulful sound and each songs lyrics has a message to make you reflect on lifes situations. When it all come down to your happiness, your future and decisions. Eric couldnt of put it any clearer be "True to Myself". This is one CD that you'll find yourself playing over and over again."
Adam C. White | Columbus, OH United States | 04/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was going through some old cd's I hadnt listened too in a while and I came across Eric Benet's. I forgot I had it! So I decided Id listen to it again to remember how it sounded. And I cant believe how I forgot such a great cd ("Femininity", "If you want me to stay", and "While u were here" are the hottest song on the cd, get it for that song alone) I remember I bought it back in 96 so I must have definately had good taste in music back then LOL.
Getting past the whole Halle Berry thing (he lost major cool points with that by the way!) he sings with truth and raw emotion and I definately respect that part of him. His lyrics are real and endearing. Anyone looking for some true R&B music thats creative, funky and real, I suggest you pick it up! We need some more male singers like this now days, cus everyone wants to be a thug. I hope if Eric comes back he stayes true to his debut cd!"
Wow... The Man Can Belt Out A Tune!
artisticsoul | Motown | 10/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Eric Benet is on my "top 5 neo-soul artists" list next to Chico DeBarge, Rahsaan Patterson, Maxwell, and D'Angelo. I had bought "A Day In The Life" before this album, and when I bought "True To Myself", I realized that it's a notch better "A.D.I.T.L". Not to say that Eric hit the sophomore jinx, but this album is solid the whole way through. I wasn't surprised because back in '96, I kept hearing "True To Myself", "Spiritual Thang", and "Let's Stay Together" (the remix is just as good) and I really liked all 3. He's one of the best singers I've ever heard and one that can really convey melody (check out "I'll Be There"). He can even sound like Sly Stone ("If You Want Me To Stay" featuring Roger Troutman). I like how you can hear a lil' bit of his own voice come out when he's singing it. But the show-stopper was "Femininity". That song is off the hinges, bridge and all. My top 5 are "True To Myself", "Let's Stay Together", "Just Friends", "Femininity", and "All In The Game". This man is a threat at the slow jam AND the uptempo number, so don't sleep on him. Let's just hope that after "A Day In The Life", he'll only get better."