Saturday, September 25, 2010


GENETIC HABIT From Outside (BigO)

You’ve got to admire the sheer reach of Singapore band Genetic Habit’s eclectic blend of influences. Music lovers will find that this 12-track album contains almost every imaginable genre prominent in the last decade or so. Ballads, jazz-funk, electronica, corporate rock and rap all get featured on this rather ambitious release. However, as the key movers viz. Clifton See and Calvin Nam are music producers by trade, one can’t help but feel that Genetic Habit is a science project of sorts and the production has a certain ‘canned’ atmosphere. It could be deliberate for all I now. Still, the contrived & passionless nature of many of the songs (especially the love ballads) keep Genetic Habit from coming anywhere near the finest Singaporean pop-rock is capable of. C

(from 2005)

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