Guy Sebastian

EP Review: Guy Sebastian – Part 1

Published On December 15, 2016 | By Michael Smith | Music, Singles & EP's

With seven albums under his belt and a stint as Australia’s Eurovision representative in 2015, it makes perfect sense for Guy Sebastian to experiment with his style in 2016. And in fact, that’s what he does on Part 1; his pop and R&B sensibilities find themselves twisted in new directions here, in multiple ways across six tracks, and we see a side of Sebastian we haven’t seen before. And largely, it’s a successful experiment for him.

Guy Sebastian Part 1Candle starts the EP off almost like a warning siren, blaring with fuzzy synths and edited vocals in a mixture of electronic rock and soul that’s as unexpected—or was, when it was released as a single two months ago—as it is infectious; elsewhere, on Mind On You, he tackles EDM on a tropical pop banger that sits on the exact opposite end of the aural spectrum. Electronic and R&B styles cover the EP, and it’s a solid fit for Sebastian’s style; even the unexpected Candle melds to his soulful vocals perfectly, though the finest moment on the EP is the bright synthetic R&B of Small Talk, which glides alongside his high notes perfectly. Admittedly, the only weak moment comes with Set In Stone; while the sentimental dedication to his wife is touching, the song itself is a stale moment on an otherwise adventurous release.

Outside of one false step, however, Part 1 is a colossal step forward for someone looking to experiment with their style. Guy Sebastian chooses styles that work well with his talents, and it pays off in a way that his music hasn’t for the previous few albums despite their quality. This is a bold direction for him to move in, and if Part 1 is any indicator, then the eventual album will surely be something to look forward to.

4 / 5 stars     

About The Author

::: Michael is a long-time writer of both critical and fictional work, a video game geek and a lifelong appreciator of music. Despite being a fan of all genres of music, the Pop and Electronic genres make up most of his personal library, including music from countries such as France and Japan. He’s spent more money importing albums than most would spend on music in their entire lives!

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