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Friday, 27 December 2013 13:26

Malta: 'The Parade' by Wayne William - Album Review

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Wayne Micallef, now styled as Wayne William, following in the footsteps of his brother, Richard Edwards, first emerged in the local music scene as a solo artist back in 2009 during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, where he had been granted a finalists’ slot with the track Where You Belong, a co-write with Luke Ambrogio. The male vocalist, whose timbre is very much existent has gone on record stating that whilst he enjoys the thrill of the competition, he aims to get his music across all borders and such an event has always been a stepping stone for those who make use of it in a correct manner.

As often depicted, the life of an artist in Malta is seemingly unglamorous, due to the fact that there are no record labels supporting the artists, despite being extremely talented as seen with the success of Gaia Cauchi in the recent edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, where she was crowned as the winner. Wayne William, who has just recently got married to an American, has decided to give it a shot and compile the work that he has been creating in recent years in a studio album, one that the fans would appreciate and hopefully purchase through digital store, iTunes.

Album Title: The Parade

Released: 12th December (International)

Upon its release onto the digital music circuit, escflashmalta.com had the pleasure of obtaining a copy in order to conduct a proper review, and indeed, it was a delight to listen to the album in full, especially for the simple reason that it is very much laid back in terms of vocals, whilst incorporating a professional production and mix, worthy of international recognition. A debut album could never be easy to release, for the simple reason that you have to make sure that you are devoted to your fans, whilst still possibly giving a fresh edge, possibly winning over new listeners and appealing more to the masses.

Wayne William’s background is predominantly based on the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and his four entries as a solo artist, along with another two entries as part of the family trio, known as The Mics. In his debut studio album, Wayne has carefully co-written all of the tracks, and thus the selection had to be done in an extremely careful manner, in order to have the right balance in genre, taste and quality. On his official website, which he has also just launched, he has gone onto thank his sister and brother, Michelle Mifsud and Daniel Micallef for backing vocals and guitars respectively, James Bartolo for co-writing some of the songs and Tony Polidano on the bass.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s466FB_lSHc

Tracks to look out for:

The Parade - Honestly, I can understand why Wayne selected this song as the title track, because it does clearly stand out on its own, in a different genre from the others because it is more uplifting. There is a sound, which was somewhat amplified better in the seventies and made a comeback in the nineties through the song Torn by singer/songwriter Natalie Imbruglia. This is also one of the tracks in which Wayne is almost making use of his full vocal capabilities, altering between head and chest voice relatively easily. I found this track to be particularly pleasing because it did change the vibe of the whole collection whilst still remaining true to the devotees.

Tonight – I was relatively sceptic in selecting this song, due to the fact that the piano is very much in similar vein to the last track which is being presented but nevertheless, the focus here is rather on the lyrics than the music because there is so much emotion, that one could hear it seeping in through the music. Wayne William is known to have an emotive character on stage and I can very much picture him performing this against a black backdrop, on a grand piano with tears falling down his face. I would have kept it even simpler but I cannot say that the drums and guitars were too much of a distraction.

Time - If an artist would like to win me over quickly is by using a grand piano, or at least, making sure that the sound is pretty similar and that is where, Wayne William has managed to strike a chord with me. The eleventh and final track on the album has already been presented to the public at the 2012 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, managing a trip to the final, where it was greatly underappreciated and finished in twelfth place with ten points, all from the professional jury. The vocal range is ideal, and the merge with the music and the slight addition of backing vocals make it a timeless classic, and one of Wayne’s career highlights.

Final Verdict:

In listening to this first studio effort, I kept an objective view on the music, the lyrics and their prowess combined and all in all, I must say, this is a brilliant first album and there is no way to go about it. In a way, having listened to the whole eleven tracks in full, I find myself a tad disappointed about the choice of the first single, Don’t Fade Away which in my opinion is just an album track, especially in comparison to at least, about five songs which I would have clearly selected as other singles. Still, I am very much picking on titbits in order to make sure that I do not create a perfect view of this record which I do recommend you buy, especially if you’re in the mood of some relaxing music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lbk1A4iO4dM

Last modified on Friday, 27 December 2013 13:46