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Kian Egan

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(Warner)

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.

Cher Lloyd

Sor­ryI’mLate

(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

Home).

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.

For­teen

Kita

(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.

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