Need for innovation

Need for innovation

Singer Tony Oller and rapper Malcolm Kelley found fame as American pop duo MKTO last year, after their satirical hit Thank You exploded on YouTube.

The youth anthem highlighted the concerns many young people have about social injustice. In two days, the music video got more than 500,000 views.

A year later, MKTO are delivering their eponymous album - a diverse collection of 11 tracks ranging from R&B to slow-paced, heartfelt ballads.

Oller has firm yet mischievous vocals, particularly on Classic - an upbeat ballad. Those who like a slower vibe will enjoy Wasted, a melancholic ballad on which Oller delivers a pitch-perfect performance. Two crossovers - one with Ne-Yo, the other with Jessica Ashley - are also worth checking out.

The downside is the album sounds too commercial, with most tracks closely following the conventional one-singer-one-rapper pop formula. Perhaps while the duo are still the right age to sing about youth affairs, they should start innovating, like real young people.

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Need for innovation

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