Milow – North And South

Milow – North And South

I think it was 5, maybe 6 years ago when a friend of mine told me I should check out this young Belgian singer songwriter called Milow. At the time, I could only listen to one demo, called ‘You Don’t Know’. I believe the track was only 3 and a half minutes long, but the good lyrics, nice guitar play and an ‘aangename’ (Flemmish for pleasurable) voice really impressed me.

At that time, I couldn’t imagine that that talented bloke, Jonathan Vanderbroeck, would be one of Belgium’s most appreciated artists in 5 years.
After the successful debut-album ‘The Bigger Picture’, the decent second ‘Coming of Age’ and an internationally released third ‘Milow’ have proven that 29 year old Milow is far from a one day fly.

Although his biggest success came with his cover of Justin Timberlake and 50 Cent’s ‘Ayo Technology’, reaching platinum status in Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland.

‘North and South’ is Milow’s fourth studio album and has been released on the first of April (no joke!).
The album opens with ‘Son’, not a typical Milow song, just because of the electro sounds. With ‘She Might She Might’, another Milow questions if ‘she’ might be the one. Lyrically maybe not too difficult, with ‘one two, she might know kung-fu, three four, kicked in my door, five six, can’t believe what a mess I’m in’.
First single ‘You And Me (In My Pocket)’ proves a the logical choice as the first single. ‘Little in the Middle’, an uptempo track with, I believe, backing vocals by Nina Babet, ‘keeps your head from spinning round’.
Sad ‘Building Bridges’ and ‘Never Gonna Stop’ flow easily into each other, while ‘Rambo’ and ‘California Rain’ are again full of cliché lyrics, but, it doesn’t become annoying at any stage.

‘Move To Town’ sounds too much like tracks from the previous three albums. It sounds like ‘Canada’, ‘House by the Creek, where  ‘The Kingdom’ is for me one of the best tracks of the album.
At the end of the album, Milow slows down again with ‘KGB’, a beautiful soft track.

Verdict: 6/10 Without being a big fan of the singer-songwriter genre, Milow is one of the few artist I really appreciate.
With ‘North and South’, Milow’s shooting star will continue without a doubt, although I kinda miss the creativity in the songs.

Milow’s ‘North and South’ could be another best-seller for this summer, with radio-friendly tracks. Think of a summer breeze, driving with your love in a convertible through colorful sceneries with the wind blowing through your hair.
It is an ideal gift for Mother’s Day (damn, if only I knew that a few days ago) or for one of your girlfriend’s birthday.
You can download and buy Milow North & South here.

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