Guy Sebastian: Like It Like That

Guy Sebastian: Like It Like That
Australian soul singer, Guy Sebastian has been releasing music for the better part of decade. Unfortunately, until recently his music was not available in the United States; his fifth studio album, Like It Like That is also his U.S. debut.
It is hard not to listen to the album and immediately draw some comparisons. The album’s opening track and lead single “Like It Like That” sounds like it came out of the same sessions that produced Janele Monae‘s The ArchAndroid. The track is a high energy slice of neo-soul but the track is almost too poppy.
Luckily the album finds a good balance of pop and soul. “All To Myself” allows Guy Sebastian to show off his Lou Rawls-esque range in a wonderful classic soul song. The track sounds like it could have easily been a forgotten soul hit from the 1960s.
The tracks I like least on the album are songs like “Undo.” Guy Sebastian is obviously a very talented vocalist but on “Undo” Sebastian utilizes auto-tune to give his voice a different texture. Auto-tune is generally reserved for rappers who want to add melody to their vocals but Sebastian has the talent to sing on key so the use of the effect seems superfluous.
Besides the unsanctioned use of auto-tune, Like It Like That is a more than apt US debut for a singer who has already made quite a name for himself in his native Australia. The album shows off Guy Sebastian’s excellent pipes as well as his versatility in song writing in different genres.
Rating: 7.0/10
MP3: Guy Sebastian “All To Myself”
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