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Music Review: Guy Sebastian — Like It Like That

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It was a six-month recording process going back and forth between Los Angeles and New York for Guy Sebastian to ready his album, Like It Like That. The album was produced by David Ryan Harris (John Mayer, Nick Jonas) and Fredrick Rodesjo.

“This is exactly the style of music I want to do and that I’ve wanted to do for so long,” Sebastian said in his press release. “It’s not about changing the world it’s just about fun music, pure and simple.”

As soon as the first single and title track, “Like It Like That” kicks off, I hoped that the fun and upbeat song was setting the tone of the album. Did it ever!

The second track, “All To Myself” has a complete throwback kind of vibe. It is such a fun and enjoyable listen. Also, John Mayer’s guitar work is featured on this track, as well the tracks “Fail To Mention” and “Never Be You.”

Sebastian’s duet with newcomer Tarryn Stokes on “Magic” is fantastic. Their voices combined match up well. The somewhat flirty song is catchy and keeps the album rolling.

I found the track, “Bring Yourself” to be the best of the ballads. It has a doo-wop feel, somewhat reminiscent of Raphael Saadiq’s musical style. Also, the song very much shows off the versatility of Sebastian’s voice.

There is one speed bump on the album. “Art of Love” is a duet with the season six winner of American Idol, Jordin Sparks. Both Sebastian and Sparks have tremendous vocals that blend well together, but this song just doesn’t fit in with the rest of the album.

Overall, this is an album that reminds one why they love music. Sebastian has put out one of the best albums that I have heard in awhile. The music is upbeat, lifts your spirits and gets you moving. The mix of pop and soul music with Sebastian’s voice is like his song says, perfection.

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Kirsten Coachman is a writer and editor from the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit her long-running music blog, Wait...WHAT, at waitwhatmusic.net. Follow Kirsten Coachman on Twitter: @KirsCoachman
  • soulgirl

    I also agree,Guy’s album is fantastic, I love all the songs.His voice is beautiful…He is one perfomer I would love to see live. But living in the UK, I would have have to make do with you tube for now.I can’t wait for him to come to the UK!

  • Xandie

    This review is spot on…love the album and Guy’s voice is second to none. His live shows are so totally amazing, that voice, his humour and engaging personality make him one of the best performers out there today. Thks

  • steve

    totally agree, this is my favourite album for some time, definately one to get
    and guy is probably the best Ive heard vocally for years
    great well written review