Expectations were high up to this hyped concert. Actually, it could easily have been the single most hyped concert this year, but you don’t really know exactly what to expect; there’s been a lot of secrecy around this project, and still they’ve managed to create a buzz.
And yes, Martin is a really great singer. And his band members are, no doubt, incredibly gifted – but the only reason I stayed for the entire show were to justify writing this review. I felt bored. And it’s sad, really, because as I sat there, I could feel that I really wanted it to be overwhelmingly talented – but it’s just plain good. That’s where we are. It’s good, but nothing more.
It’s predictable pop music, that we’ve heard before. The build up and the singing is exaggerated to an extent where you’re left with this thought: “Okay, we’ve heard you can sing – what else can you do?”
On another note, Martin will never be ‘Martin from SaveUs’, he’ll always be ‘Martin from X-Factor’. I honestly hoped that it wouldn’t be like that – but every once and a while, you could hear people from the audience yelling it. You get that feeling that it will follow him for the rest of his career, and some people will find it hard to take it seriously. Not in the same scale as what we witnessed at Citybois later that night, where 10 % came because they were fans, 90 % just to laugh at them, but still…
I’ll give ’em this, though, it is good pop music. It’s just something that wants to be more than it really is. Tone down the drama, and you’ll get something bigger and better.
SaveUs delivered good pop music, but it felt, at times, boring, predictable and exaggerated. Martin and the band are really talented - no doubt - but it simply feels as if they want it to be more than it really is. (4/6)