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Album Review

Australian vocalist Mig Ayesa's solo piano take of Peter Frampton's '70s über-ballad "Baby, I Love Your Way" was a welcome surprise on the 2004 CBS reality competition Rock Star: INXS. As the rest of the contestants oversang, writhed on-stage, and generally schlocked things up, Ayesa stripped back his approach and let his boyish charm and soft vocals make the most of Frampton's popular if somewhat unfairly critically maligned hit. The move helped propel him into the final three on the show, although he ultimately was not picked to be the new lead singer of the rock band INXS. Frankly, with his yearning, high-pitched voice more suitable for Coldplay-style alt-rock and Eric Carmen-esque AOR than straightforward rock and funk, Ayesa was never a good fit for the '80s Aussie icons. Which is why Ayesa's 2007 solo debut album, Mig, comes as a pleasant surprise. Playing as a better-produced version of the Mig viewers saw on Rock Star, the album finds Ayesa not only revisiting his now trademark "Baby, I Love Your Way" — which features Frampton on guitar — but also other superbly chosen cover tunes such as the Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset," the Police's "Wrapped Around Your Finger," and the Rolling Stones' "Angie." These are impeccably produced arrangements that frame Ayesa's pleasing vocals with tasteful orchestration and enough electric muscle to give the proceedings a bit a glam rock sheen. If his take on David Bowie's "Life on Mars" is a bit too close to the original, it only serves to point out how covers-heavy the album is. That said, the few Ayesa originals included here, such as the sweeping, bright pop anthem "She Loved" and the Raspberries-influenced power ballad "You and I," are as memorable and engaging as anything else on the album. In that sense, Mig reveals Ayesa — pictured with his large mop of shiny black hair and action-figure outfits — as a kind of contemporary anime lounge singer ready to do battle with giant rock opera robots and sweep his princess away in his piano starship.

Customer Reviews

Incredible

I love the orchestrated arrangements of some of my favorite rock "classics". I was doubtful about some of the songs on the album, but after listening to the whole cd (not just the little snippets) I found the songs to be really great. I know some people are disappointed by the covers, but we do get 3 originals that are just amazing.He shows his true talent in the three originals. MiG's voice is incredible, I marvel at his ability to convey so much emotion and feeling in every song. I look forward to hearing more from MIG.

Nice guys do finish first

If you ever wonder what kind of person your favorite pop star is in real life, it's easy to know with Mig that success could not happen to a nicer guy. The songs are beautiful, the arrangements are so tasteful, and the passion in the vocal delivery puts a smile on your face. I hope this CD launches Mig's career into the stratosphere!

MiG

It is such an honor to be the first to review this album! After waiting for more than a year and a half, Mig's album has finally been released!!! What took them so long?!! MiG was just out of this world on ROCKSTAR:INXS. He is an unbelievable stage performer (please, give him a huge platform to perform on!!!) and his voice is absolutely beautiful.His big heart shines through in this masterfully executed album. My favorites of the non-originals are,of course, his "trademark song" 'Baby,I love your way' and 'Angie'. But his original "She loved" just blows me away! Please, give us more albums of his originals! MiG is obviously also a very talented songwriter and arranger and I would also like to see his wilder "rockstar" side come through.

MiG, MiG
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