Roman Thomas is an eighteen-year-old singer/songwriter who recently released his debut EP entitled I’ve Got You. Thomas is obviously only starting out his music career and I am sure if he continues his best work will lie ahead but I’ve Got You shows some potential.
There are some inspired moments but also a number of mishaps. The biggest mishap by far is the drums. Let's start off with that the drums obviously sound mechanical and too up front in the mix. The even more important point is that he just programs way too much of it. I mean a ridiculous amount of tom rolls, fills and just drums in general. In fact I felt the drums were the focal point and not his vocals on a number of songs.
There are a number of things that Thomas does well. I was quite impressed with the production over all. I thought the vocals were treated well and he does have a very radio-friendly voice. The songwriting is good, commercially viable but also very predictable at this point.
Things start with upbeat and energy filled “Somewhere Beautiful.”.This is a pop/rock song any way you look at it. It’s a fairly catchy song but Thomas’ vocals are literally drowned out by the drums. “Where I Want To Be (feat. Sarah George)” is more of a ballad and emotionally resonant song. His voice sounds good against George and I hope they do some work again in the future.
“I've Got You” follows the trope of mainstream pop to a tea while “When I'm a King” has shades of pop-punk all over it.
I always find it interesting to listen to artists who are this young. At eighteen years old you barely know who your influences are and haven’t lived much life. If Thomas continues his influences will surely change and his style will evolve. These humble beginnings are a good start for Thomas.
We are dedicated to informing the public about the different types of independent music that is available for your listening pleasure as well as giving the artist a professional critique from a seasoned music geek. We critique a wide variety of niche genres like experimental, IDM, electronic, ambient, shoegaze and much more.
Are you one of our faithful visitors who enjoys our website? Like us on Facebook