if there’s anything that Singapore pop band Strait Groove deserves full marks for, it has to be perseverance. Formed in 2011, the band has already released two full albums that went under the local music radar somewhat.
Notwithstanding that, Strait Groove are back with a new EP, Next Please. To be honest, a somewhat unfortunate title choice! Like their previous releases, Next Please is a mixed bag.
The songwriting/instrumentation does a fair job in expressing an innocuous soft jazz-pop vibe but the whole package is somewhat let down by poor vocals.
There are pitch and diction issues throughout the EP, and these problems were also evident in previous releases and they are pretty hard to simply sweep under the carpet.
In the final analysis, one might say that generally speaking, Next Please is a fairly competent EP but the issue with the vocals is hard to ignore. And until that is sorted out satisfactorily, it becomes quite difficult to give this EP much of a recommendation.
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