PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 December, 2008, 12:00am


Mister (Universal)

With strong vocals, solid guitar play and swaggering confidence, Mr. could be the heir to Beyond. While the eight tracks on their debut album Mister are standard Brit-rock numbers, their execution and arrangement are astoundingly mature, treading the line between rock and Canto-pop with confidence and ease.

Frontman Alan Po's Eason-esque energetic vocals are a driving force while the guitar play of MJ and Ronny electrifies the tunes. From the dark opening number War Catastrophe to the wistful acoustic English track 15, the album - produced by former Tai Chi keyboardist Gary Tong - is a treat for music fans yearning for a local mainstream band with attitude.

Mister, which has some shaky lyrics, is far from being the finished product, but Hong Kong doesn't have so many bands to spare that we can afford to let this one fall through the cracks.