Terry Christopher

Take Another Look

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Attempting to make a mainstream pop record with a budget that would barely handle the catering on a major-label pop album, Take Another Look is the debut from former stage actor Terry Christopher. Brimming with ambition, the idea is admirable, but the record is so heavily burdened by its shortcomings that it collapses after only a few tracks. Christopher's songs are well-composed, with dance tracks that have potential to be funky and energetic, and sentimental ballads that fit his soulful, raspy croon. Unfortunately, these songs need a pristine performance and engaging production to capture the mood that he strives for, and that's where his two biggest faults lie. Christopher's singing is surprisingly erratic, hitting flat and sharp notes in several embarrassingly obvious moments. Compounding this problem is the production, which places his voice way above the bland keyboard parts and dull drum machine beats that dominate the album. The blueprint for an effective record is here, but Take Another Look is too poorly executed and amateurish to be considered a serious pop album.

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