Voice of Men is a Malaysian boys-band that produces pop/RnB music. Their motto, the first thing you come across, visiting their official web-site, is “We sing in harmony”. Well, they really do.
All of the band members come from a nonmusical background, they have degrees in Engineering, Physics and other fields, which is basically good , for it always makes artists more broad-minded and mature in their music production, as they have the ability to see things from another perspective. Let’s see if it helped them produce their single My War, which they introduced to the public recently.
The first thing that arrests your attention is that the song doesn’t seem to belong to neither pop, nor RnB genres. You can distinctively trace the influence of Linkin Park in their sound in this single. It has that rap recitative, as well as heartrending vocals and the dramatic tone. Unfortunately, this comparison doesn’t work in their favor, for to be something resembling Linking Park one has to have that kind of attitude, which, in fact, Voice of Men attempts to deliver through their lyrics (“I’m no loser, no poser”, “I’m never gonna back down” etc), harsh guitar riffs and pushing-itself-too-hard voice. You can’t help but feel that this track is an effort of mama’s boys to become manly. No offense, but, seriously, guys, you would be better off with those lovely and bright a Capella tunes. They may be accompanied with well-produced, light and melodic backing tracks, not stodgy with too many instruments and excess noisy sounds. I can imagine listening to these five fruity voices, singing in harmony, while I’m sipping on a cup of tea by the fireplace on Christmas Eve, but not on a rock concert. I believe, that one should do that, what they are naturally geared to do, otherwise the approaches look rather pathetic. The point I am trying to make is not that these artists are bad musicians, they are hopeless and should go back to normal nine-to-five jobs, but that they should work in their niche, not chasing trends and orders of the day. Only those, who have it their own way, make it big and unique. If you are good at harmony-singing, do that, go for it. Music is an art, it’s the way of self-expression, and there are as many ways to do it as many people inhabit our planet.
As the sound producing is concerned, I should note the high standard of the song, which comes close to the international one. It is made with a good sense of quality and understanding of the matter. Due to the qualitative work of the sound engineers the track sounds worthy and can find favor in the eyes of the public.
The band surely has potential. It would be interesting to keep track of their evolution and growth. I would like to recommend Voice of Men to keep it up and never listen to anyone, even such reviewers like me.