JA­SON DERULO

TAT­TOOS

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MUSIC - JAR­RAD BE­VAN

DERULO used to bug me but he has turned into a solid R& B act. The guy has al­ways been a great dancer but now his songs are greatly im­proved and su­per catchy. He used to an­nounce his own name through­out ev­ery song, and it felt like a thou­sand times through an al­bum. It was hor­ri­bly an­noy­ing, ego­tis­ti­cal and corny. But that seems to have been ban­ished. In­stead, he’s strut­ting like a mod­ern- day Craig David, es­pe­cially on a play­ful tune such as Trum­pets. His big Euro- house hit The Other Side is in­fec­tious. It’s cheesy and so much fun. The singing in a higher reg­is­ter on the hook is sen­sa­tional. The funky horns and dirty talk­ing about booties on Talk Dirty sound like ’ 90s Tim­ba­land in the best way. Of course there is a duet with his girl­friend Jor­dan Sparks – not bad. Much worse is Fire with Pit­bull, pre­dictable Mi­ami elec­tro- trance- pop non­sense. Mid- tempo jam Stupid Love sounds like it should be a classy sin­gle. Late al­bum high­light With the Lights On is great fun. He matches the freaky and quirky mu­sic by indie- hip- hop producers Cataracs of Like a G6 fame. Silly and su­per- fun.

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