To this day we still don’t really know who Tyson is, like many artists before him he’s created a flamboyant, compelling alter ego. A man of mystery man who can only be described as the adopted son of Seal and Prince. If you’re into over-the-top exhilarating 80s glam-pop and don’t mind love songs then you’re going to love Tyson’s debut album ‘Die On The Dance Floor’.
It’s about as subtle as a 20 stone ballerina. His voice is over top, the gleaming disco riffs are over the top, the drums are straight out of the Phil Collins’ guide to making super-sweet drums – it’s all here for a proper trip down memory lane taking in the delights of Pop artists such as Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, Prince, Madonna, and Queen.
The album starts off in a unrelenting, unashamedly, flamboyant manor. Clearly Tyson wears his influences on his sleeve. It’s not pretentious, and we can guarantee you’ll have not heard music like this for 20 years. If you don’t like power vocals, power chords, and power hooks – you’re probably not human, and you’ll probably not be captivated like we were. You’ve got power anthem after power anthem. It would be fair to say that all the tracks are one-dimensional love songs, and it not hard to tell with names like ‘Before I Love Again’, ‘After You’re Gone’ and ‘Love On The Line’. It’s not a criticism, but be prepared to hear Tyson to pine over his broken heart for an entire album backed up with a tasty selection of disco gems courtesy of producer Martin Dubka.
By the time you get ‘After You Gone’ you’re looking something maybe little less obvious, but you don’t get it. Tyson continues his quest to win you over with his one of a kind vocal work – you might want a break, but you don’t get one as he ratchets up the cheesy puff pop with ‘Kiss Like Dynamite,’ ‘Out Of My Mind’ & ‘Fight’. To be honest you can’t take the album seriously at all, it’s just a fun change from the boring norm. If you are a child of the 80s you’ll find it hard not to be to won over by the electrifying pace, the manacing hooks, and the simple, yet incredibly, catchy vocals.
Out now via Backyard Records.