FEATURE ALBUM REVIEW
By: Fridae Mattas
First time hearing of CP/IMGStrongArm artist Tyler Medeiros was back in 2010 when Fridae TV covered his first video shoot for the song “Girlfriend”. The track is the first on the EP and it features Medeiros’s labelmate and cousin Danny Fernandes. For more about the shoot you can always check out that article with behind the scenes video here.
As I listen to Tyler’s debut EP, I noticed that all of the songs are similar in subject matter with different tempos, music and lyrics. One of the tracks “Say I Love You (Please Don’t Go)” is a semi-cover of the KC and The Sunshine Band hit. This album is your typical happy pop album tailored for Medeiros’s audience, the younger generation. However, I believe Tyler is capable of more mature content, he is seventeen and not fourteen anymore. He should eventually grow with his audience and convey that through his music if he wants longevity past puberty in this industry.
Vocals are improving, you can hear the difference between earlier recordings compared to the most recent. One of the tracks, “I Got It Bad” was fantastic until the breakdown of the song. There was too much emphasis on a few of the last letters in the words, sounding too harsh and unnatural. It is always good to have clear diction for crisp recordings but, there is a difference between clarity and over enunciation. People working with younger talent need to be a little more nurturing to mentor and refine the artists’ natural abilities. With continued vocal work, time and dedication to his music, Tyler can turn out to be a great Canadian entertainer.
Many songs on this record like “Girlfriend”, “I Got It Bad”, “First Time” and “Radio” featuring Flo Rida are surprisingly strong songs. But, as stated above, I think his content needs to reflect his age group and their issues, dig deeper. If I were fifteen, I would have somewhat enjoyed this record. It’s fun, has great sing-a-long songs and decent enough beats to create dance or cheer team routines to (I would have).
This is an honest first attempt for 17-year-old Tyler Medeiros; I look forward to seeing how he progresses and grows into his talents on a full album. All of you young pop aficionados, this record should be on your playlists! Parents Christmas is coming, you can purchase TM here.