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Coming To Agoura
The album kicks off with Coming To Agoura, dedicated to Mering’s birthplace. The groovy, funky track with a nice hiphop beat makes it obvious what intentions Myster-E has. The freely performed opening track sets the mood nicely and provides the intro for what’s to come.
I’m Gonna Stick Around
I’m Gonna Stick Around is one of the album’s strongest tracks. The strong vocal tracks with backing vocals by Kendall Payne are highlighted by the rock-hiphop crossover music and some really clever effects. It doesn’t have those mega-power production around it which both works for it and against it.
With a bit of beatboxing and fast vocals, Holdin Out starts out nicely. The high-pitched female guest vocals on the chorus don’t really come out, though it provides an interesting contrast with Mering’s own vocals. Not really a memorable track, but it’s not too bad.
One of the very best tracks on the album is Hello Hello on which you can obviously hear the musical talents of Jason Wade. He’s not only guest vocalist on this track, he also co-wrote it. There’s more attention to the melody, and though it kinda sounds like a demo, the song is quite catchy and gets you moving and even singing along.
Lookin For A Rope
Lookin For A Rope is a pretty catchy track but it kinda fails to stick with the listener for too long. While the track’s a lot of fun to listen to, you do easily forget about it too.
I’ve Seen Days
On I’ve Seen Days the Jason Wade influence is obvious once again, as the harmonies remind me a lot of some of Lifehouse’s unreleased songs, and with Jason Wade coming in as guest vocalist again, you can’t help but hear the parallels. Good song though!
Back In Da Flow
The funky Back In Da Flow is another pretty good track. It kinda has that demo feel again, but the groovy rhythm and Mering’s strong vocals made it a pretty solid song in the end anyway.
Bring It Now
There’s more of a hiphop presence on Bring It Now and the Vanilla Ice comparison comes to mind, though the rockier parts kinda lead you away from that comparison again. The track has a pretty clever composition and is most likely the strongest on the album.
There’s more focus on the melody again on Haunted House. The song has a cool demo sound and some interesting effects. There are some nice contrasts in the song and once again Jason Wade appears as guest vocalist. Mering & Wade make a good team, both in the songwriting and vocal department, which becomes clear again on this track.
All In A Day
All In A Day is pretty much a mainstream pop/rock track with some RnB influences here and there. It’s also one of the album’s most catchy songs that you really can get into. If one of the songs were to appear on radio, All In A Day would be the best choice. It’s just a great track to listen to.
Hey Now Now
Mering continues down the catchy path with Hey Now Now which has a really cool groovy sound and features both Jason Wade & Kendall Payne as guest vocalists and that collaboration is something special. It might not be the album’s best song, but it sure is a lot of talent in one place which you can really hear.
Little Blue is the conclusion of this debut album. The track isn’t too memorable but it’s a nice ending in style. It’s representable for the style of music Mering is playing as Myster-E. There are cool vocal lines and some nice percussion is hidden in the arrangement.
While some of the songs sound more like demos than full-grown songs, Myster-E’s debut album is quite interesting. While a crossover album like this has been done before, Mering was able to make it sound refreshing and like something new. The strong hooks and clever collaborations give the album more exposure. And frankly, the songwriting is quite strong and Mering has strong vocals. “Make Yourself Believe” is a decent start and shows plenty of promise. Lets hope this artist gets a chance to develop himself as Myster-E has the potential of success.