Date: August 20, 2007
From: Neufutur Magazine
Sacha Sacket - Lovers and Leaders
Sacha Sacket – Lovers and Leaders / 2007 Golden Sphinx / 11 Tracks / http://www.sachasacket.com /
Sacha Sacket plays a brand of pop music that takes on the style of a Stephen Curtis Chapman or a Michael Smith. However, during tracks like "Stay", there seems to be much more of an electronic influence to the track than either of those two singer songwriters. It is almost as if Sacket has taken on a little bit of a Fischerspooner to the overall emotional brand of pop music that is presented during Lovers and Leaders. "Halo" is the first track that shows a little bit of a crack in Sacket’s foundation. While the song still has the honesty and eager sound present in Sacket’s vocals, it just feels as if there could be a little bit more in the way of variation in the instrumentation here.
The first few tracks on Lovers and Leaders seem to just use guitar, a little bit of light percussion, and a piano to fuel these tracks. If Sacket could vary this up a little bit more, the momentum that he has when going into "Brandon Boyd" would be much higher. There seems to be an inversion of the style of Nine Inch Nails during "Brandon Boyd." The same sort of industrial / grinding gears sound of "Closer" is present, but instead of the industrial heaviness present in that track, there seems to be a disaffected, somewhat echoing set of instrumentation. Lovers and Leaders is a disc that does not have that much in the way of radio-worthy tracks but is still very solid when taken as a whole.
There is nothing fundamentally or structurally wrong with tracks like "Maybe You Can Save Me," but Sacket’s work during the track just does not have the style of hook needed to have the track rocket up the charts. I could conceivably see Sacket getting some serious airplay in the United Kingdom with a track like the aforementioned "Maybe You Can Save Me." This is due to the fact that his vocals during that track have a Pet Shop Boys meets Keane feel to them, and while they might not conform to what is immediately popular in the United State, I think Sacket could chart in some foreign nations. Overall, this is a solid disc but there is not the one track that Sacket needs to completely distinguish himself from the rest of the individuals doing a comparable style of music. Check Sacket in a few years.
Top Tracks: Halo, Jove