Last Friday, Benjamin Ingrosso dropped his debut album Identification after over a year in the making. The 21 year old has co-written all 12 tracks on the release, promising to give us an insight into the many aspects of himself through each song.
The album begins with new single Behave which features a fantastic transition in style, channeling both mainstream pop & R&B. The production in this is exceptional and a great starting point which succeeds in reeling us in further.
I Wouldn’t Know follows and is the feel-good track that Ingrosso used as a tease for what was to come. It’s a delightful slice of summer wrapped in a perfect melody. This is followed by dreamy heartbreak ballad I’ll Be Fine Somehow which tones things down production wise. The song allows Benjamin’s vocals to come across elegantly, with a nice touch of reverb in places.
Identification crosses multiple styles with So Good so Fine When You’re Messing With My Mind serving as the album’s signature club banger. With another first-class dose of production and good use of a censor, it’s the saucy track we were craving. In similar fashion, All I See Is You gives off a fantastic funky trance vibe – the perfect pre-party soundtrack to a Friday night.
R&B lovers should enjoy the smooth paced sound of both Spotlights & Good Intentions. As a matter of opinion however, in comparison to the more uplifting songs on the album, they do appear to come across notably weaker.
Several intimate ballads are also present and are a welcome contrast to the album’s upbeat side. If This Bed Could Talk is the warm cozy hug that you never knew you needed until hearing. The song carries itself beautifully with Benjamin’s vocals excelling once more.
Dance You Off is the penultimate track and known by most as the winning song of this year’s Melodifestivalen. With his victory, the song became Sweden’s entry at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Its noticable how this song pretty much serves as the birth of Benjamin’s sound and Identification as a whole, when hearing it follow the album’s other tracks.
Happiness is the album’s ending point and is an acoustic, stripped back number. Although this comes across as if it were recorded in an empty school hall, it has a raw authentic sound that I certainly can appreciate.
- I’ll Be Fine Somehow – In my eyes the standout song on the album. It’s gradual pace and subtle tone make it very easy to listen to. Benjamin’s vocals also really shine here.
- All I See Is You – As someone who appreciates trance music, this ticks all the right boxes and would definitely have me on the dancefloor.
What did they say? Identification reviewed by fellow ESCXTRA team members
As well as myself, a few other editors in the ESCXTRA team gave the album a whirl. Here is what they thought of Benjamin’s debut.