Tin Alien is a singer/songwriter and piano player who recently released a full length EP entitled Reason. The album showcases a lot of different styles including blues, soul, funk, and acid jazz. He also works with a number of other talented artist on this release.
The album kicks off with “Reason (feat. Andrew David Williams)” which sounded like an 80’s pop ballad. It contained some impressive organ playing and a solid vocal performance. There is definitely a single worthy quality from the this song but it just doesn't feel very contemporary.
I could say the same thing about the next song entitled “Meaning of Life (feat. Sloppy) “. The music has some of that acid jazz flavor and the sax gave the song a nice touch. Once the talking part starts I have to admit I thought it was funny. I’m not sure if that was the intention but I liked it. “Don’t Ever Look Back (feat. Alice Leonz) features an exceptional vocal performance. Leonz has a great voice and the music was quite festive with the piano being at the center of the mix.
My Direction (feat. Figsounds & Mark sharp) is a straight upbeat blues number. The music is kind of generic sounding in a lot of ways but is still a fun jam. It’s the type of song you would want to hear live at a Blues Bar. The song “Hip Hop Jazz Chillout (feat. Sloppy)” sounds exactly like the song indicates while the acoustic version of “Reason” fairs well. He closes with the smooth and sensual “Running Away (feat. Sloppy)”
It feels as if Alien is reaching for a hit with this album. He experiments with a number of different genres but never really establishes much of a distinct unique sound in the process. That being said there are a number of good songs but I’m just not sure how they are going to fit into the mainstream landscape of today.
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