CD | Pop | 03 Nov 2017
Conscious, is the 10th studio album from multi-platinum artist Guy Sebastian.
After almost 2 years bunkered down working on this fresh sound, Guy has emerged with a new funkified soulful vibe, combining organic and electronic elements. Conscious is a journey reflecting Sebastian’s own awakening and will have you feeling all of the feels. The new album includes his #1 iTunes hit, ‘Set In Stone’ along with new tunes including ‘High On Me’ and ’Bloodstone’.
Review by Thomas Bleach
Over the past fourteen years Guy Sebastian has grown and evolved a lot as an artist. We’ve heard him sing pop, RNB, gospel and soul while also experimenting with hip-hop and electronic synths. And every time he has re-invented himself he has absolutely smashed it. His tenth studio album “Conscious” hears him heading towards a very DIY and experimental sound. This album isn’t going to appeal to everyone because it is very different to anything he’s done before. It’s very synth focused and hears him layering together so many different sounds. There are a few generic pop-dance moments like “High On Me” and “Keep Me Coming Back” that will appeal to the fans of his mainstream chart singles but it’s important that people realise he is more than just that. He elevates that dance sound with the bold “Vesuvius” which channels the new wave of electronic music. For “Bloodstone” he does Sam Smith better than Sam Smith with a song that throws back to his gospel days. “Set in Stone” was an instant fan favourite while “Exclusive” returns to his RNB days and “Chasing Lights” adds in some beat heavy synths into this new-wave ballad. However experimentation doesn’t always work and “Drink Driving” and “Something” are victims of this. They just become forgettable and skip worthy while “Stay In Bed” is a cringe-worthy track that lost me when he mentioned watching Netflix in bed. But the strongest moment comes from the emotionally raw “Sober. This song impresses with its raw vulnerability and it’s DIY production. It begins soft and intimate and then adds in these big experimental beats that elevates the song. This song is truly the centrepiece of the record because it perfectly captures the new direction while still holding onto his roots and pure honesty. This record is very versatile and while it may have some skip worthy moments it’s truly worth the listen to hear him evolve again.
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Release Date: 03 Nov 2017
Artist: Guy Sebastian
Catalogue No: 88985487452
1.High On Me
7.Keep Me Coming Back
9.Stay In Bed