David delivers his review of the Guy Sebastian ‘Part One EP, which features his latest single ‘Set In Stone’.
Will its six tracks fully satisfy him? Or will they leave him wanting more?
As a part of the Australian music scene for well over a decade now, Guy Sebastian has continued to create hits across the country.
Sure he hasn’t seen massive international success (he had a chance after placing fifth in 2015’s Eurovision), but here at auspOp, we’re still big fans.
Rather than release an album of mediocre songs for the Christmas rush, Guy has opted to put out an EP which begs the question… has he managed to bring us a small package of hits?
In short : no.
I can’t leave my review there, but I really struggled with this EP.
Dealing with “universal themes of love and celebrating the important things in life,” it seems that ‘Part One’ centres specifically around his relationship with his wife Jules. I’m not one to speculate, but lyrically it’s hard to not read between the lines. There must have been some challenges in the last 18 months between the two of them as the contents seem to say “I didn’t cheat on you!”
Asides from six songs of denying he’s had an affair (or that he loves his wife very much depending on which way you look at it) most of what’s on offer is fairly average.
I think it’s good that Guy has returned to more of the R&B sounds that suits his voice, but there’s nothing new or innovative here.
The only song that truly stands out is ‘Set In Stone’, which is hands down a stunner. Guy’s voice has never sounded better and its simplicity is a credit to not going crazy on production. The visual is quite a beautiful visual affair too which just adds to the power of the song. More of this please, sir!
2017 looks to be another big year for Guy.
With ‘X Factor’ widely rumoured to have been axed, he will have a chance to focus on his music and maybe that’s a good thing. I’m looking forward to what ‘Part Two’ brings us.
VERDICT : 3/5.
MUST LISTEN : Set In Stone, Home.