Genre/Influences: Electro-Pop, Indie-Pop.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: The Stir Fry Pop Star is a solo-project set up and driven by British musician Ryan Wilson. He has been involved with many bands and now unleashes his own work featuring eleven songs, which are inspired by emotions. There’re a few female backings featuring and also one song sung by a female singer.
Content: The work is diversified, opening with a dynamic Electro-Pop piece and moving on with some Indie influences mixing guitar playing and electronics. Some songs have a retro feeling, reminding me vaguely of Erasure. But I also noticed a slow piece, which comes close to a kind of ballad reminding me of Simply Red.
+ + + : The variety of songs and influences will for sure make that every listener will find one or more favorites. I like the old-school Electro-Pop influences running through “Destroy The Stars”. I also have to mention “Soul Riser” featuring a great saxophone sound, which is also reminding me of the 80s. The Indie-Pop like “Your Perfect Touch” is another attention grabber and definitely covers other influences.
– – – : The album is entertaining, but I can’t say there are real potential hits featured. The soft and slower “Bullet Proof… Wish I Was” is the song reminding me of Simply Red, which never has been one of my favorites. I might however been a song catching the attention of a wider audience.
Conclusion: This album is the ultimate exposure of sweet Pop music; it’s pleasant, but not exciting!
Best songs: “Destroy The Stars”, “Soul Riser”, “Your Perfect Touch”.
Since you’re here … … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading Side-Line Magazine than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. Side-Line’s independent journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we want to push the artists we like and who are equally fighting to survive. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as 5 US$, you can support Side-Line Magazine – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The donations are safely powered by Paypal.