When I first got this album to review, the first question that came to mind was: Who the heck is Jeronimo? Not much information is available on the internet about him, but this I know for sure - his blend of breezy, top 40 pop sounds combined with his unique Brazilian-Dutch flavour is something to look out for.
The singer/actor, who doesn't even have a Wikipedia page to his name (yet), is planning to launch his singing career with debut album One Kiss. Of the 17 tracks, you can potentially hear influences from today's pop scene - with lots of electronic beats (All I Want Is Someone to Love Me), heavy on the guitar riffs - whilst also taking a page out of the boybands circa the 1990s. This mixture lends Jeronimo a somewhat squeaky-clean image yet oozing with charisma.
Notable tracks that I felt could be something that came out of the American industry were Somebody Who Loves Me, Unheard and Some Other Way. These tracks have a few things in common, which says something about Jeronimo - slow-tempo, emotive ballads.
I am no Superman and The Beat are Brazilian inspired tracks, with rhythmic beats and instruments derived from the Brazilian-pop genre, combined with some Euro-centric synths. I'm not feeling so hot over both tracks, because I first envisioned the former to be a ballad while the latter falls a little flat; kudos to him though for trying to bring some flava into the mainstream. Renaissance Man has an Arabic, perhaps Bollywood feel, that sounds vaguely like Britney's Circus.
The newbie has a lot to learn vocally, as his voice sounds strained in certain tracks, including Firefly, Somewhere in Summer and Wake Up just to name a few. Lyrically, he sticks to the clichéd structure surrounding the ballad genre, with love metaphors and goosebump inducing scenarios ("whenever you smile, the best I can do is sigh") abound.
While I applaud and understand his desire as a newcomer to please, he really should have cut his album down to the standard size of 10 tracks, as it felt a little sloppy at the end, and the songs are not strong enough to warrant a full-album listen. As for whether or not he will make it in the cutthroat industry, he might not break into the American market, but who's to say he has to anyway?
Jeronimo's single One Kiss is available on YouTube, so have a listen here and let me know what you think! Hit or miss?
Track Cuts: Somebody who Loves Me, Unheard