Michael Fredo

Introducing Michael Fredo

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Michael Fredo is an unabashed mainstream pop guy. With his good looks and sweet, inoffensive voice, he's a natural for the thriving teen pop market of the late '90s, which means he performs light, innocuous dance-pop as a matter of course. But he and his producers and managers are sharp enough to know that teen success is fleeting and that the reason the Backstreet Boys are huge is because they deliver the melodic goods not only with dance tunes, but with ballads designed for adult contemporary play. So his debut album, Introducing Michael Fredo, gives equal time to dance and ballads, hitting as wide an audience as possible. While Fredo doesn't have a lot of charisma or character on record, he does have a pleasant voice, and he's been given songs that aren't that bad, and a shiny production that is never too slick or cloying. With a great single or two -- something the Backstreets, Britney Spears, 'N Sync, and Christina Aguilera all have -- this would be an entertaining diversion. It doesn't really have those. It has a couple of tuneful tracks that benefit from repeated plays, but nothing really grabs hold and makes itself memorable. Not a bad record, by any means, and it could make a mark once the other teen sensations of 1999 are memorized, but it's the kind of effort where all the right parts are in place, but the whole never really works as it should.

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