Guy with guitar and multi-layered voice sounds deceptively like Beirut at the outset, which is briefly exciting, before this track breaks into a considerably more mainstream pop love song. Well-enough constructed and executed, but stuck in the peleton without the legs to break away from the pack.
Soulful account of infidelity real or imagined. Smith’s ear-catching voice is the major strength and the material is more or less up to scratch, with some brief soaring moments but just a bit too predictable to get over the parapet to freedom. I’d like to hear him sing for himself and not for the charts.
Piano-folk love/loss song levels up to built-for-Hollywood soundtrack to (insert moving charitable cause here). Somewhat platitudinous but there’s something to build on for this 23-year-old if he doesn’t hang out with Elton John too much.
Smoothly groovy Canto R&B boy band fare. Cute and naive compared to the more brash Korean material that’s dominating the airwaves lately, and infused with the classic HK street-level love story vibe.
Travis affirms his nice-guy credentials in this track which is designed to demonstrate caring cuddliness to the nth power, notwithstanding some rather blunt statements about his subject’s mental health as the song progresses. Should play well with romantic types, particularly, I cringe to hear myself say, of the female persuasion.
Throaty love song with finger-plucked guitars and hand drums eventually stepping up to more typical instrumentation. I guess there is one appreciative lady out there. Think Julia Roberts in some eminently forgettable rom-com.
The K-pop invasion continues. Something for the girls – love story amidst white furnishings through misted lens – and something for the boys – rocking out with the bros against a night time city backdrop. Does this love story have a happy ending? Probably. Is there an edge to it? Well, there’s a neck tattoo at least. Overall, everything you would expect.