Roi and the Secret People capture the essence of “open road intensity” with “Drive,” which could enhance a film or TV sequence. Frontman Roi has just the right vocal tone for this material and the rich, echo-drenched production is a good match. Slower and mid-tempo, with a dense, electro track sporting a strong hook, is the sad, downcast “Phoenix” which somehow reminds us of similar work by Enrique Iglesias. Equally downbeat in its message, but with an urgent, upbeat vitality, is the band’s best, “Little Bit Closer.” The fx’d guitars and overall richness make it another melodically catchy tune. Plenty of talent here, though some of us advise the band to somehow update their mid-2000’s sound.
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