Be Yourself – [Taylor Bennett]
Always one to wear his heart on his sleeve, Chicago’s own Taylor Bennett returns today with a triumphant new single titled “Be Yourself”. As the title would imply, Bennett focusses his bars around the importance of self-acceptance–a theme that a lot of songs have touched on, but the level of intimacy that he approaches the topic with makes this track standout. He delivers one long, introspective verse touching on several struggles he’s faced, whether it be growing up, coming into his own as an artist or sharing his sexual orientation. As he offers the sentiment of turning ones vulnerabilities into superpowers, the polished production of this song amplifies Taylor’s optimism, driven by piano chords and powerful percussion. Frequent collaborator Bianca Shaw takes us to church at the end with a soulful melody sung through a distorted filter. “Deep down, you’re a goldmine; you know, diamonds take pressure” she echoes as the track fades, leaving listeners with one last memorable line to hold on to.