Daniel Debourg

Tell the World

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With a confident, soulful delivery that belies his youth, 20-year-old British pop hopeful Daniel Debourg makes a strong bid for stardom with this debut CD. No expense was spared on the production, as the feel veers from hyper-speed house on "Tell the World" to a somewhat forced and glossy nod toward hip-hop on "Give It to You." There are also moments of unexpected creativity, especially in the delightfully unorthodox rhythm track on "Made for Me" and the filmy, delicately constructed accompaniment to "Shadow." Debourg even breaks free of the beat on "Really Need You," sung to the accompaniment of a rustling, non-sampled string section. Yet in its own way, each track reflects a superb commercial craftsmanship. The beat snaps and crackles even at slow tempos, and Debourg's overdubbed harmonies are lush yet rhythmically clipped; a strong Prince influence is especially evident on "My World," while the gauzy "Don't Worry About a Thing" seems written to fit boy-band choreographic gestures. The solo vocals conform to pop cant, but Debourg's strong technique, most evident in his wide, expressive range, target him as a performer of outstanding potential.

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