Go big or go Home
IDON’T mean to be rude, but Kian Egan needs to literally go home after releasing this cringeworthy album. Don’t get me wrong, the former Westlife member has an alright voice but Egan is picking all the wrong songs to sing on his debut solo album which comprises cover versions. Fresh off his TV appearances as a coach on
The Voice Of Ireland and I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! last year, the Irish singer is probably trying to make a musical comeback.
But Egan’s voice doesn’t have the dirt-road grittiness required to effectively carry Edwin McCain’s I’ll Be or Daughtry’s Home.
And true to its title, his cover of Rascal Flatt’s What Hurts The Most, is actually the most painful to sit through, not only coming off as a karaoke performance but a bad one.
For some reason also, most of his covers follow the original’s arrangement closely, with no attempt to introduce new sounds whatsoever. Frankly, some of the songs would have sounded better with his voice simply Sentimental sweetness: Cher Lloyd shows off her softer side in her sophomore release Sorryi’m Late. accompanied by an acoustic guitar.
Only two tracks are somewhat bearable, Lady Antebellum’s I Run To You and Lonestar’s
Not A Day Goes By, but that’s not saying much.
(Sony) THERE are so many strong tracks on Cher Lloyd’s latest album Sorry I’m Late but without a mega hit single, it might end up on the budget corner pile (next to Kian Egan’s
Her 11-track sophomore release boasts of track after track of earworms; there’s thumping uptempo pop tunes like Dirty Love,
Killin’ It and M.F.P.O.T.Y. that’s all about sass, attitude and snappy fingers.
But she surprises listeners with two softer, stripped down numbers, both co-written by her. Sweet Despair is a dramatic breakup ballad (“Go and put the knife in”) that sounds like something Demi Lovato would love to sing while the syrupy sweet lullaby-like
Goodnight comes across so innocent and ethereal - like a child saying her bedtime prayers.
Sadly, as great as they are, none of the songs have that magical hook to reel listeners who aren’t already fans in and solidify her place in the pop genre. Sirens has perhaps the best chance, with its big sweeping chorus (also her best yet, vocally), but even that isn’t enough.
It’s sad because Sorry I’m Late is such a strong album as a whole.
(KRU) MALAYSIAN boyband Forteen shows much promise in its first studio release, Kita.
Comprising Saiful, One, Ameer and Izzue Islam, the pop group was formed by KRU Music after an audition in 2011. The six-track EP gets off to a strong start with the title track, a catchy, toe-tapping number that’s also the theme song for local drama series
Saya Sebenarnya Isteri Dia. Heck, I can’t get it
out of my head now.
Tidak Pernah Berjumpa is another infectious track that feels light and carefree, perfect for sunny days and sipping ice teas.
The second half of the EP gets a little sombre with ballads Berdua Bersatu, Ketika Ini and
Seperti Dulu. The boys get a chance to show off their vocal chops here but I can’t help but feel they sound older than they should.
There are a lot of traditional sounds incorporated into these ballads, especially for a musical group targeted towards teens (Forteen as in “for teens”).
Then again, perhaps such is the EP’s direction, as exemplified by the sepia tones and the quartet’s vintage outfits on the cover.