Halifax, Nova Scotia
Technicality/Quality of Recording: ♫♫♫♪
(Out of a maximum ♫♫♫♫)
Let me repeat something fairly evident from previous reviews. A) I’m a hard examiner and am honest with my assessment; B) I’m consistent because I’m comparing the singers/bands to many others that I hear on a continual basis; C) I’m not the biggest fan of the softer rock/pop sound…keep that in mind.
I tend to favor music that has a bit of edge, that sits on the fence of control and mayhem. You can have this edgy attitude in bands/singers in almost any genre (i.e. Metal, Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, Country, Electro, House, Dance, etc.). In-Flight Safety is a little more toned down and refined modeling their sound after New Age 80’s groups to a heavy influence on Cold Play. They play very tight and it shows in a great recording that I listened to on their Myspace page a few times. Their Myspace page described them as Pop/Rock/Indie which they are, however, they lean more on the pop side with a strong melodious music and singing. The thing is, there’s just a little too much Cold Play-esque sound in their music, so it was hard more me to hear them as soley “In-Flight Safety”. The vocals, the melodies, music, and videos are of high quality, I just think the “freshness/flow & rhythm” sections suffer a bit because you want to hear their “distinct” sound (i.e. You don’t want the Pearl Jam effect of the late 90’s). I think In-Flight Safety has a lot of upside, and if they keep making new tracks and maturing as artists, I think they have the potential to do well.
Check In-Flight Safety out on their Twitter:
My top song choices of In-Flight Safety are:
1) Big White Elephant
2) I Could Love You More
3) Coast is Clear
Coast is Clear
~ Jason Chu
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Name: Chrisette Michele
Genre: Soul/Jazz/Hip Hop
Major/Indie/unsigned: Major/Def Jam Recordings
Overall Rating (out of 4): 3
Musicality – An interesting mix of ballads, R&B numbers, and Jazzy pop confections makes the soft music you hear, quite enchanting.
Singing – I would compare her voice to a modern day Billie Holliday. Her voice is very sultry and has a maturity within the voice. Her voice is also very versatile, as she can crossover easily from Jazz, R&B, Hip Hop, and Pop.
Lyrics – Love, life, and everything in between. She sings every word convincingly.
Flow/Rhythm – Very chill, with a relaxed vibe.
Freshness – She is different and her mishmash of styles combined with her voice, make the music almost seem like fusion cooking (a blend of colors!)
Technicality/Recording – Excellent! Would you expect any less from Def Jam?
Visuals – Her Myspace page is excellent. The P.R. and marketing team sure know what they’re doing. A glam shot of the face of Chrisette Michele is probably the best way for her to develop major brand name recognition in the entertainment world.
Top 2 Songs:
1. Epiphany (Hybrid sound! Subtle hip hop beats with jazzy overlay, and then there’s her voice!)
2. Love is You (Just a beautiful song, sung wonderfully)
~ Jason Chu
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