Junior Turner makes a return to our pages with a bang. “Under Scrutiny” is an intense pop album, free of all that generic pop crap that’s popular now-a-days. Turner has a knack for making quality music while having a lot of mainstream appeal. This album really is a hidden gem that all lovers of Adult Orientated Pop music should give a shot.
The first thing immediately noticeable about “Under Scrutiny” is how incredibly catchy nearly every song is. This album somehow manages to get nearly all of the songs stuck in your head at the same time after listening to it just once. The single, “Hurt” featuring Neil Taylor has one of the most deadly catchy hooks that has been released in recent memory. “Loveblind”, is another incredible song that has a surprisingly catchy piano-driven rhythm. The feature from Jess Wood manages to throw down some slick lines, adding a lot to an already great song.
Usually with albums like this, the artist releases the best song or two, leaving the rest feeling like filler after the album’s release. This is absolutely not the case with “Under Scrutiny”. Listening through the album from the beginning to end, Junior Turner manages to surprise you at nearly every corner with yet another infectious hook or with a catchy beat. Take “Sweet Love” or “A Love To Believe In”, you’ll be humming along in no time after hearing these songs only a couple of times.
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The truth is Turner continues to get better and better after each single or album release. I was pleasantly surprised with the songs on this album that I had not heard, while the ones that I knew well, were happily listened to, for the umpteenth time. Junior Turner continues to show that he can jump across genres, and present pop, ballads and even urban-orientated songs, as is the case on “Out Of Time” and “Under Scrutiny”, with equally awesome results!
Junior Turner’s energy is infectious. His songs are filled with emotion and true lyrical depth. Frankly, I am surprised that he is not more popular yet. I have been listening to Turner ever since I discovered his music some months ago. He has a variety of songs that can fit any mood and pace, and I have yet to skip any song of his while listening. This album is no different and certainly a must have for any pop music lover.
So many styles of music are offered on “Under Scrutiny”; some artists sound the same no matter which one of their songs you are listening to, not Turner! He can rock an edgy beat, bring you to tears with a soulful ballad, and surprise you with his huge vocal range on another song. His backing vocal arrangements are awesome, and the orchestration on most of his songs is super, adding unsurpassed quality to the sound. On the whole, Junior Turner is a truly superb artist, and I sincerely hope that he continues to shine even brighter than he does today!
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