CD REVIEW: Forever in your Mind by Boy Band Trio
In-the-midst of the prolonged void of a true Boy Band with not only the aesthetic qualities but true musical talent that has long been absent since the demise of One Direction, as many have stepped up to the plate but failed to deliver the perfect combination. That certainly changed when Liam Attridge, Ricky Garcia and Emery Kelly — that band of brothers collectively known as Forever in Your Mind–hit the ground running with the release of their 2016 self-titled EP. And now, with Summer just around the corner, they’ve released their new new double-A-side Hollywood Records single, “Smooth” and “Missing.”This is the first time I recall hearing of a double-sided sing release, but I could be behind the format times. It sounds cool to me. Anyway, this is also not something I’m usually inclined to review, but these boys don’t let their audience down. Being produced by Dustin Atlas, Eau Noir and Josh Gudwin (Justin Bieber, BebeRexha), and co-written by the band doesn’t hurt either. Rather than such artists not even participating in the writing process. That’s a point worth making in the sense that so many do, you can’t keep track of them anymore.
It looks like Liam Attridge, Ricky Garcia and Emery Kelly aren’t playing the usual boy band games. On “Smooth” they don’t want to be just another pretty face to anyone, and if you check out the promo video it gives a look into the song a lot better, with a well-produced film that goes the distance to get the song across. But if video isn’t your thing, audio is where it’s at anyway. It’s just a cross medium world and the kids are after a lot of both. They all have first rate voices that compete with anyone in any genre, they’ve really got their act together and this track proves it one hundred percent.
Boy Bands haven’t been the flavor of the week for years, however, young male vocalists from Bruno Mars to Justin Bieber are still around, and the Boy Trio concept has its own ring to it as well. “Smooth” should be a hit but I don’t know what that takes when something should be, it just should because it’s that good. They have other songs but this isn’t about comparing them it’s about where they are now and what ground they’re breaking based on the music. They seem to be bring back something is missing in this kind of music, and it’s cool that they’ve got so far to go and sound this good already. There’s nothing wrong with anything, as long as it is good. That’s what opinions are for, but good boils down to taste as well, but I like it. And I’m reviewing it with recommendation to their demographic and saying anyone can enjoy it. Their music is done too well to dismiss based on anything but the product and their act. Both are A-grade from the talent to the songs. “Missing You” deserves to share the a-side tag with “Smooth” because it’s just as good, only completely different, as it follows a slower groove. But the two tracks play with the same fire, and they’re just undeniably good at what they do. I like how they contrast one another without competing for a spotlight as they both earn one.
If there is a pack to still be led in Boy Bands, this trio belongs at the top. I wouldn’t know, but I know good songs when I hear them, and they stand on their own merit for that alone, and I’m glad I heard Forever In Your Mind, as I sure won’t be forgetting them anytime soon, if I ever do. It even helps an avid writer to stretch out and review something outside the box, but to be fair that is only true here because it doesn’t come across my desk often, but what’s here is as good as any Boy Band of the past I’ve heard, and that is a testament to them. And a hat should be tipped to using such a good production team. Forever In Your Mind didn’t just surface, but they’re going places.
by Larry Toering
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