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article imageReview: Jesse McCartney disappoints at live concert in New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 17, 2014 in Music
Huntington - On August 16, Jesse McCartney played a show at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island, to a venue that was less than half full.
He was supposed to take the stage at 9:50 p.m., but did not show up until at least 13 minutes later. McCartney wore a white buttoned down shirt, suit and black leather pants.
McCartney commenced with "How Do You Sleep," where he played the keyboards a bit, yet he was overpowered by the drums and the auto-tune that was evident in the song. The stage was graced in fuchsia lights and he had his back-up dancers with him on this tune.
He continued with his popular hit "Leavin'," as the stage was graced in blue and green lights, with his dancers.
"What's going on, New York?" he asked. "How you feeling," prior to singing a new song from his latest album In Technicolor, entitled "All About Us." Yet again his auto-tune re-emerged, and it appeared that he was trying too hard to be Michael Jackson on this song.
He went on to sing "In Technicolor, Pt. 1" sitting on a stool, prior to asking the audience as to whether or not, they are ready.
"Back Together" featured white laser lights and his dancers dancing along, while "Body Language" had a few French lines in there, and he acted out the song, where his delivery was at times, hilarious.
McCartney noted that "So Cool" is not a regular track on his latest album, but it appears as a bonus track in the Target edition of his new CD. This song lacked originality since parts of it were reminiscent of English band Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World."
After taking off his suit, he sang "Checkmate," while during his "Shake" performance the stage was graced in yellow and white laser lights.
"This is my home-state, New York," he told the audience, prior to noting that his dancer, Max, is single. McCartney sang an a capella verse of Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," which was not bad, since this allowed him to showcase his talent.
Then he encouraged his fans to take a venue selfie after this performance, and he ran out around the stage with his cell phone. He encouraged them to take out their phones as well, and if they Instagram him the photos, he would select the best one.
He dubbed "Punch Drunk Recreation" as his favorite song on the album, yet if one heard it live, it sounded mediocre.
"It's Over" had an R&B flair to it, and while it did sound like a good song, it was ruined as a result of the auto-tune.
After his white buttoned down shirt was drenched in sweat, he underwent an outfit change, as the band was playing an instrumental reprise of "In Technicolor."
He then delivered a solo performance of "The Other Guy," where he explores the song's subject matter from the female perspective in the relationship. This was definitely his best vocal of the evening, since it was just him on his keyboards, nailing the vocals.
While he was sharing the story behind the song "The Other Guy," girls kept screaming "I love you," but he silenced them by telling them jokingly, "I love you, but let me talk."
He immediately followed with "Young Love," "Tie the Knot" and the second segment of the title track entitled "In Technicolor, Pt. 2".
McCartney closed with "Superbad" and the song that the entire venue was waiting to hear (including all of the teenage girls' parents), his signature hit "Beautiful Soul."
The Verdict
Overall, Jesse McCartney's show felt too overproduced, and there were too many gimmicks involved. Too much dancing, auto-tune and even play-back during the dance numbers (this was obvious since he would point the microphone to the crowd, yet the song was still going on in the background). For a venue of this caliber, I would have loved to have seen him do many of the songs in an acoustic, raw fashion, since that would have conveyed the emotions and the lyrics better. Had he been playing Jones Beach or any of the bigger venues, that might have worked better, but not for The Paramount. Also, he should have started his show on time, especially since far bigger names in music commence their shows promptly. I expected so much more from him. I would not recommend seeing him live at such a small, intimate setting.
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