His words would sound very silly if they weren't song lyrics, set to sweet talking tune after sweet talking tune - you know, those sexy rhythmic pop words that rhyme but really mean nothing. His production is a bit too synthetic to be sexy. But the sounds pour pleasantly from your speakers in a tightly produced pop blend.
Kevin brings a musical style called Soca to the mainstream pop scene for the first time in ages. Soca is a combo of Calypso rhythms with eastern sounding melodic lines, and a dash of the foot tapping, lyrically hardcore appeal of West Indian Dancefloor.
Lyttle's rather high-pitched nasal voice and West African accent is kind of cute. But radio-friendly as Lyttle is, what's pleasing about this CD - its radio friendly disposability - is also what makes it tiring in the end. Despite the odd bit of contrast in the form of gruff shouts from guest artists, Lyttle's at first pleasantly tailored whininess grows a bit dull after a while, and steadily begins to irritate you. People have compared this guy to Craig David. Perhaps if Craig David suffered from swollen adenoids...For more challenging Soca and Dancehall-style stuff, check out some of African Dope's 2003 releases. On the other hand, if you're after a CD so tight and clean sounding it's almost dehumanised, Kevin Lyttle's your guy.
* Listen to the track samples on the track samples on the Left to make up your own mind!
- Jean Barker
WHAT OTHER CRITICS SAID
This is an unabashedly shallow party album designed to cross over, but it does its job well. It's the audio equivalent of a summer popcorn movie: loud, flamboyant, superficial, and yet a crowd-pleaser.- Mark Harris for Pop Matters
Lyttle sings with the lightest of touches - imagine a less smug Craig David - making his unobtrusive mark on songs whose sweet melodies make up for what they lack in direction.- Caroline Sullivan in The Guardian
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