Rixton has almost no soul

Andrew Selvo, Reporter

Rixton is a talented up-and-coming band, whose premier album, “Let the Road,” has already earned them acclaim in the pop genre, yet it is their very genre that might be what’s holding them back.

Their sound is on key, their singer on point, and their tune is clear and coherent. The real question is one of taste, as Rixton seems to fall evidently into the broad genre of mainstream British pop boy bands with a touch of R&B thrown in on the side.

Having listened to six of their songs –including their hit “Make Out” – I could not discern any marked stylistic difference between them, One Direction, or any other mainstream boy band. Of course, if you’re into this genre, then this isn’t a problem.

I would argue, however, that for all the obvious musical talent of Rixton, they have not done enough to distinguish their style from that of any of the other numerous boy bands, and hence are at a risk to be submerged within the breadth of their own genre.

Their music is not distinguished by any notable lyrics or message in their songs, with their fluid sound gradually melding into unobtrusive background noise, like the mediocre music that is played in a mall or at your local grocery store. The band’s music and lyrics flow in perfect harmony, yet they possess little depth and almost no soul. If they want to capture the spotlight, which they are quite capable of obtaining, then they must develop their own unique sound, and in the process breathe fresh air into the currently bland pop genre.

Should you listen to this band? If you’re into pop or boy bands, then definitely, as they are of higher caliber than most. If you’re a usually impartial listener such as I, then there’s likely not much that will catch your attention. Know your preferences, for Rixton will surely appeal to some, but definitely not to most.