Scott McWatt – Jekyll and Hyde
- Sian Lower
- 14 May 2012
Lyrically shallow effort from the former Lost City Lights frontman
Former Lost City Lights front man Scott McWatt seems to have gone from an amateur Nickelback-esque sound to one far more similar to amateur Idlewild. Though it is evident that dedication and passion have gone into the making of this album -- it was produced by Scott Blackwood and Chris Marshall (Glasvegas) – the lyrics and vocals still seem a bit off.
The album is clearly centred on life changes and the end of a relationship, but with a lot of repetition and overuse of certain topics (the word 'heart' is a prime example), as a result the lyrical content is fairly weak. There’s just too much teenage angst and not quite enough substance to carry off an entire album.
Much like Scots rockers Biffy Clyro, McWatt maintains his Scottish accent throughout each song, which brings something fresh to the singer/songwriter typecast, although there’s a great deal of work needed here if he is to succeed as a solo artist and produce a more polished and sophisticated sequel.