The Faulkner Review
Exceptional Singer - 8/2/19
This EP, Bittersweet, consists of four tracks and begins strongly with the title track. Starting with a haunting acoustic guitar melody, Mason’s highly distinctive vocal style emerges along with a simple but effective beat which then develops into a more intricate EDM rhythm. Mason gives an affecting, memorable vocal performance often near the top of his considerable range. The contrast between the delicate melodies and more strident beat makes for a very effective dichotomy.
It’s on the second track though where Mason truly gets to shine vocally. Shattered begins in a similarly understated way to Bittersweet, similar in style to an artist like Sam Smith, then starts to build to an epic chorus where Mason’s rich vibrato comes to the fore. The power of the vocals is matched by the strength of the vocal melody and the combined effect is breathtaking, especially the extended high note on the line “Make me whole again...”.
Burn maintains his signature sound of EDM-infused pop, this one even featuring a snare roll and riser before the chorus. Once again, the vocals excel and the “Let me go” hook sticks fast in the memory. The balance between well crafted songwriting and a slick modern arrangement/production style is very skilfully managed, making it cutting edge whilst having strong traditional elements.
The final track is an acoustic version of Bittersweet and the intimacy of this version allows the beauty of the vocal melody and lyrics to make more impact. It will be up to listeners to decide which version they prefer, but both have their merits.
Overall, this is a very strong EP from a singer songwriter blessed with an exceptional voice. The standard of the songwriting matches the quality of the vocals and the infusion of EDM elements gives it a decidedly modern appeal. It’s surely only a matter of time before the world catches on to the brilliant talent of Mason Roberts and perhaps this is the EP that kicks down the door.
VERDICT= 9.1 out of 10 - Alex Faulkner (The Faulkner Review).
Mason Roberts Gets "2 Close" to Our Hearts With New Single
By Kyle Alvey
Rising star Mason Roberts new single “2 Close” is a hypnotic smash. The purity in his voice meshes with the bubblegum instrumental to create a beautiful neon portrait of forbidden love. With extensive training and years of work, Mason Roberts has a lengthy vocal range with the ability to harmonize out of thin air.HIs range with the ability to harmonize out of thin air.
His sound is accessible yet unique, but my favorite characteristic of the track is that even with the explosive instrumental, Mason did not rely on the production to make the song a hit. He has a confidence in his own voice that gets displayed with every note and every melody. Finding your sound as an artist can be more than difficult, and Mason has finally found the one that works for his style of artistry.
Be sure to listen to the new hit single “2 Close” by extraordinary vocalist Mason Roberts, as well as the rest of his music at his website, you can also follow him on Instagram for updates on new music!
“2 Close” Review – moxipop.com (Jake Tully, 12/3/18)
In a most animalistic and tribal manner, Mason Roberts wants to keep you at an arm’s distance. Oh, trust and believe Roberts wants you all right, but his lust is tempered by temptation that displaces his ability to make a move outright. Much like Squeeze’s ode to fruits of another, Roberts’ “2 Close” confronts the age-old conundrum of a forbidden love, casting a millennial sheen upon it.
The track’s “Sephora Sale Club Remix” aesthetic is one of the most interesting and endearing aspects concerning it. Roberts takes a topic normally taboo and makes it conversational, though most importantly, digestible. It does little to write about the merits of the track’s entertainment value or how crowd-friendly it may be, but the immediacy upon which the promise of these two aspects are delivered is the incredible journey Roberts takes one on.
Roberts uses the ever-popular trick of placing himself as a shaman-inspired vocalist, weaving in and out of the Eastern-influenced beat. This significant locality of vocals is metaphorical for the subject matter of “2 Close” as Roberts simultaneously removes himself and introduces himself to the situation at hand. The uber-metropolitan charisma that the artist provides takes what is traditionally a workingman’s tune and makes it achievably elegant.
Overall, “2 Close” is pop confection at its purest, making sure not to perverse a formula that clearly operates so well. It’s nice to see familiarity and professionalism in rotation, a hallmark of the trade that Roberts will no doubt continue to thrive upon.