chetfaker

Take Chet Faker (real name Nicholas Murphy) at faceless, voice-only value, and his sultry, smouldering R&B-rooted easy listening sits comfortably enough. After a promising collaboration with electronic producer Flume, and a husky, Hype Machine-conquering cover of the Blackstreet classic ‘No Diggity’, the Melbourne musician seemed well equipped to step out of the collaborative and into the solo, but unfortunately ‘Built on Glass’ is about as lightweight as the title suggests.

Music to kickback and unwind to, down-tempo melodies and understated pop hooks give this set a soulful charm without ever offering much else beyond the imploring vocals and sax backing of ‘Talk is Cheap’. Where ‘Lesson in Patience’ combines a mix of clumsy beats, hums, chants, interludes and guttural saxophone, and ‘Dead Body’ channels the spirit of R.Kelly, ‘Built on Glass’ only serves to pull CF’s previous work into sharper focus. It’s frustrating because given the right context, Murphy’s vocals add depth and sincerity, but left to wander, unabated, as they are here, is a less than flattering reflection.

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