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|Posted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 10:51 am Post subject: Re: TEMPO: KM CD REVIEW OF "PRAN NAN CHO" CD!
|kompamagazine wrote: |
Here is KOMPA MAGAZINE's OFFICIAL CD REVIEW of TEMPO's debut CD "PRAN NAN CHO".
*PRAN NAN CHO: Good kickoff track (CARIMI off-spring). Very uplifting feel good track despite the indication from the lyrics/title. The group can actually score with this track if they push it right, especially since at the LIVE premiere, they showed that they can play that song very very well with good crowd response. This song is commercial with a fair amount of "C" on it.
*ENTRE NOUS: What struck me from the very beginning of this song is that BERTO ON THIS TRACK is not comfortable singing in FRENCH due to the words/vocals NOT flowing naturally at the beginning. I emphasize AT THE BEGINNING, because towards the middle of the song, he flows much better. However, the music/beat is very soothing/calming. The "I just Wanna Know This Love Is Real" is a very nice chorus/melody. If the vocal was more natural, the song would have been more of a "Can't Miss" hit. Don't get me wrong, THE MUSIC/SONG puts it in contention, however the vocal performance (FRENCH) on this one puts it up in the air. I really love this song a lot, and I am hoping that it scores despite the beginning.
*AWOYO (With SHABBA): Voye Monte/Uptempo track. The GUITAR part as well as some others are on point and gives the group a possible LIVE BAL banger for people to jam to. The SHABBA part(s) were TOO BRIEF as the group wasted a SHABBA appearance that should have been used to lift the track to hit potential status. They did NOT use SHABBA well on this track, however it can still work well at a bal setting.
*POUR NOUS DEUX: The change at the 2 MINUTE MARK to me is really where the song starts. The beginning of the song might either put people to sleep, or have them reaching for the fast forward button, but hopefully for the band and song, the listener will reach the 2 minute mark to discover a very smooth/mellow and very danceable track that is absolutely a good addition to the CD.
*HAITI: I liked the chorus from before when BOOGIE had me listen to it before the CD's official release. "WEY YALALA....WEY YALALA RO" is a very catchy hard to take out of your mind chorus. This song is chorus driven. I enjoyed the track because CHORUS YO BEL ANPIL. "M'ave'w" part is very good as well.
*NAVIGE (With NIA): The chorus caught my attention from the very beginning. BERTO does very well on the vocals with this track, so does NIA. The group could have a hit with this track.
*SOLITUDE: Good uptempo track, but it does not really leave a mark on me that will make me go back to click on the rewind button. CAN be a great "LIVE" track to make the crowd jump.
*DON'T CRY GIRL: I don't think the first vocal verse is Berto, but I might be wrong, because that almost turned me away from the track. But having said that, THE VOICE COMES ALIVE on the second verse until the end of the song. The music is very nice, and so is the message, apparently about a woman whose been in a bad relationship being told thatbetter days are ahead.
*I'M IN LOVE: Previously released track that showcases Berto at his best vocally. This song is what I call a "REAL ESTATE GRABBER", a song that can grab fans that are not part of the group's targeted audience.
*TALIBAN: Previously released track which I think has a little CARIMI feel to it. Having said that, the song is enjoyable to listen to and can be an uplifter LIVE.
*OU FE'M HIGH: I really really really LOVE this song from the very first time that they released it many many months ago. Berto gives his best vocal performance on this song + the chorus is very intoxicating. This easily could have been a major hit had ALAN CAVE sung this song (You can see it crafted for his vocal style), but being that TEMPO is new, the unwritten rules/law of the HMI dictates that they must pay their dues.
PS: BERTO...Watch out for the habit of changing vocal ranges ON THE SAME SONG. Also, try to get away from the "CARIMI SOUND" tag so that it does NOT stick on the group....even though those songs are actually good. Also be careful with the uptempo...although good, a couple tend to sound a bit too much alike.
The group CAN/WILL catch people's attention with this debut CD. Out of all the new upcoming bands...TEMPO VOYE PREMYE KOUT ROCH LA with this CD. I enjoyed the CD, and I am positive that I will not be the only one.
BRAVO TEMPO! You guys did a very good job for your debut.
After reading such a very Good and well detailed review, I'm very interested in getting my copy.
Pat, I noticed that you've referred to Carimi on many of the track reviews. I don't know, I just hope it helps more than it hurts them. In my experience in the HMI, sometimes not intentionally sounding like another Band has some great advantages. For Example, the Early Tvice successes had a lot to do with a heavy influence of the Top vice and Sweet Micky combo. Tempo has nothing to lose by imposing Tempo on the people( by that I mean If Tempo sounds like another popular Band, it's Probably due to the composer main influences). Nothing wrong with that. They are my Boyz and I will support them.
Glad the CD is out and the Hard work has begun. Promotion, Promotion .......Sky's the Limit
Good Job Pat
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