No Commandments

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Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Kaylan's debut album of R&B-pop firmly places the group in international class. The opening hit single, "Rock Me All Night," an infectious R&B starter, is light and catchy entertainment -- but where some other acts fall down, Kaylan back up their promise with an album that consistently delivers. Produced by Australia's Rockmelons, Kaylan pay homage to its influences -- Motown, Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Earth, Wind and Fire -- without leaning too heavily on them. The acoustic-based "No Commandments" is funky and soulful while the second single, "Shake It," is straight-up funk. Other highlights include "Because of You," a laid-back tune in the Al Green tradition, and "Lift Me Up." The Dowlut brothers of Kaylan wrote eight of the 12 tracks on No Commandments, and there's a fair smattering of ballads which occasionally err on the side of average, but more often than not, they're as solid as the up-tempo numbers which shine through. The Australian release of No Commandments was issued with a bonus remixed EP.

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