I'm not entirely sure who Vancouver-based singer/"rapper" Ridley Bent will appeal to with his storied Bent album. He's too sunny for even the Jack Johnson/Ben Harper set, and too lyrically unskilled and narrative-intensive for rap fans. His voice is a bit too Kermitesque for fans of Buck 65's growly blues-rhyme style (or anyone else who can't take artists with Muppet voices seriously), and the album lacks the top-40 radio-quality production Uncle Kracker fans have come to rely on. Bent's also not out-there enough for Beck fans, and with rock/rap-hooked songs like In The Trunk Of A Black Lexus, he's missed the Korn boat by a couple of years. Goatee metal fans wouldn't have liked him anyway. With a wink, MapleMusic calls it "hick-hop." I call it highly irritating.