CD Review :: Jamie Michael - People Watching
1) Love Hotel
2) Walk Apart
3) Same Folk
5) Bonnie And Clyde
6) Paddington Days
7) Calendar Girls
9) Right Or Wrong
10) People Watching
11) Stupid Love Song
Couldn't find a big & clearer pic to use of local artiste Jamie Michael's debut album People Watching so I decided to improvise with this which's the same one as it's being used on the album cover .
Born in UK but now based in S'pore , Jamie Michael's music's simply amazing & depending on how you classify his music , you can say that his music is a lush fusion mix of pop/acoustic/folk as being stated in his official MySpace .
& only most recently this talented singer/songwriter has released his debut album People Watching containing 12 fanastic tracks . His voice ? I can probably say he sounds like the Maroon 5's Adam Levine but even better . Yeah his voice's that distinct & good !
Jamie presents12 collections of ditties & you can't deny the fact that they're very catchy . The melodies blend really well with his smooth voice & in some tracks you might find yourself humming along which I did .
I received a copy of his album last Fri in the mail & Jamie was kind enough to send me a copy & boy am I glad he has decided to release a full length album despite the fact that no record label backs him up with a distribution deal or what-so-ever . All I can say that it's their loss , not Jamie for sure .
& the superman of the local music scene Leonard Soosay make this all possible since he's the one who helped to produce Jamie's debut . What can I say , Leonard rules !
Anyway back to the music . Before I laid my hands on this record , I already heard 4 tracks outta 12 namely Love Hotel , Bonnie & Clyde , Whenever & People Watching which I find each of them outstanding in their own right .
Catchy tracks are aplenty such as Same Folk , Paddington Days , Stupid Love Song & Right Or Wrong . I don't know about you but I like the lyrics of Stupid Love Song . It's not cheesy but yet there's some truth & meaning to it . Listen to it & you know where I'm coming from .
Jamie slows down on Generations which allows him to show his showmanship , vocals & lyrics wise . I like the lyrics it's so meaningful & incidentally 1 of the fewer slow numbers on his debut . Calendar Girl's pretty cheeky while the last track basically called Untitled closes the album in a very nice manner . But I suppose if Jamie were to change the title track of track no12 , he might probably change it to something not acceptable that cannot be printed out at the back of the CD which can be found in the lyrics to Untitled !
& oh in a bit case of f.y.i , the drummer of Electrico , William Lim Jr plays the keyboards on about 5 tracks on Jamie's debut . Yes I know , I was surprised when I saw William's name in the album sleeve . I know before that Will knows how to play drums , bass , guitar but keyboards ?! Wow that's impressive , who would have thought eh ?
Well what can I say ? It's a joy to listen to Jamie's music & I had listened to the whole album when I worked out in the gym & I just did that yesterday . It's chilled out music but it wouldn't bore you to the extent that you would throw it 1 side & use his CD as a coaster but there's just something about his voice & melodies that draws onto me immediately ! & I have been listening to People Watching non stop since last Fri so it hasn't left my CD stereo just as yet !
Log onto http://www.myspace.com/jamiemichaeluk to sample the tunes & if you like what you hear , drop Jamie a line since I doubt People Watching will be available in record stores . I could be wrong but just give Jamie's music a shot & you will be surprised that such fanastic & great material does exists in a tiny little island called Singapore .
Simply put , go & grab a copy of Jamie Michael to support him & basically the local music scene . You'll be proud that you do that !