We’ve obviously been through this before, but just in case someone still hasn’t got it into his head, I’ll give you the introduction again! In his career Junior Turner has worked with some of the world’s finest musicians and producers for who he is held in high regard. Including Neil Taylor an English rock and pop guitarist, best known for his long-time affiliation with Robbie Williams and for formerly being a member of the backing band of Tears for Fears. Turner has been reviewed around our network and on JamSphere before, so anyone reading this cannot, by the grace of ‘you know who’, be ignorant of his talents.
Junior Turner’s talent is undeniable! He always manages to include powerful material in anything he lays his voice into, and he certainly knows how to make a difference. This time around, on his third single release in a row, “Hurricane”, I think Turner brings out his most mature and artistic work yet.
In contrast to some of his previous albums and songs, this single manages to be impressive without Junior trying too hard to impress. The whole production and orchestrations are so tasteful and elegant, that the song takes off to a totally higher level of quality. The song flows effortlessly from beginning to end, as a solid and certainly addictive piece of work, including sweet female harmonies which add some pastel coloring and deviation to Turner’s usual vocal dominance.
“Hurricane” is a ‘big song’. It starts off modestly with some beautiful string interludes, then morphs into being very anthemic and catchy, from midway right through to the end. A sweeping chorus and the male-female counter vocals do the rest to endear the listener. In today’s pre-fabricated and corporate music scene, rare is the pop serving that can impress the jaded listener. Rarer still is the pop artist who actually can entertain. Junior Turner succeeds in achieving both with “Hurricane”. It represents a wonderful body of pop work, and is a true oasis for the ears.
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In general, Junior Turner’s melodies are completely infectious and the most refreshing I’ve heard in a while. And the lyrics are both witty and biting on his rockers and ballads alike. I may have said this before but more than anything, I love how Turner is able to bring together different Pop musical influences and make it sound like one cohesive style that’s all his own.
Before anyone thinks that I’m totally in love with this guys talent, I thought I’d find something ‘negative’ to say. So here’s the thing. I believe for Junior Turner to become a worldwide superstar and household name, he needs to dominate the God-given gift with which he is both endowed…and hindered, in my humble opinion. His voice!
Turner has a powerful voice and a superlative vocal range, which uncannily resembles that of Robbie Williams, in terms of tone and voice inflections. Not less so on “Hurricane”. This may initially appear as totally flattering, but may also prove to be an Achilles’ heel to Turner’s career, as on each move he makes ahead, the comparisons will flourish. And of the two, he will always be ‘the guy that sounds like Robbie’.
Luckily for Junior Turner he has the power to dominate his immense talent and point it into any direction he chooses, until he finds the one that suits him best. A choice many of today’s singers and entertainers don’t have; not for lack of direction, but for total lack of talent!
“Hurricane” by Junior Turner has its release date set for Friday 27th September 2013 on iTunes, Amazon and Play.com
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