New Music Review: Mark Maze, Uncomfortable Truths

March 27, 2015 6:29 PM

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Just as an architect quietly evaluates the structural design of a fellow colleague's work or a web designer secretly considers the different ways to approach a company's website built by another, many vocalists — professional and unknown — listen intently for a certain precision in tone when hearing a singer for the first time; a trial that often ends in disappointment. A sharp pitch sounds like nails on a chalkboard, and a flat note, by contrast, is like listening to a cat in heat. It's not that we're looking for people to sing out of tune, or that we expect perfection, or even that we want to harshly critique someone who's bravely putting himself out there, we just can't help what we hear. That's why I was pleasantly surprised when I heard the first few appealing notes of the lead single on Uncomfortable Truths, an independent release by British pop artist Mark Maze.

Don't get me wrong, I wanted him to sound as good as he looks in his headshot. Plus, he's British. So he has that going for him. But, as with listening to any relatively unknown artist, it's difficult to know what you're going to get until you get it. And for the most part, I got it & the electronic...

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