Kevin Lyttle - Kevin Lyttle

2006-03-29 20:31
 

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


Tuneful calypso, loads of Craig David flavoured RnB, a bit of dancehall and a dash of reggae makes a smooth and light summer album from recent newcomer Kevin Lyttle.

althea 2005/01/16 10:44 AM
ms A nice funky tune. yes
Nathan Frolick 2005/01/16 9:57 PM
Kevin Lyttle Very different, but still a strong Carribean beat. All in all a very entertaining Cd that I recommend to any one Terror Squad - True story
cuttie pie 2005/01/17 11:44 AM
kevin lyttle well it not a great CD but when u are having some kind of party i think its when you can listen to this bra! for me his voice doent do it for me its kinda annoying llyod banks
cuttie pie 2005/01/17 11:44 AM
kevin lyttle well it not a great CD but when u are having some kind of party i think its when you can listen to this bra! for me his voice doent do it for me its kinda annoying llyod banks
nosiphiwo 2005/02/14 12:31 PM
very good good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
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