Rome Alexander is a 22 year old singer, songwriter and producer who writes songs in the pop, RnB and jazz genres. Despite his youth, he has already achieved a lot in the music industry. As an independent artist, he managed to reach the Top Ten of the Itunes RnB chart, and has done so again twice now signed to a distribution deal with INGrooves/Universal. He is comparable to artists like Ne-Yo, Usher and John Legend, also citing Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Prince as major influences.
This track, Oblivion, is a good example of his songwriting and production. It’s a poignant piano ballad about a romantic relationship that is on the verge of ending. After a short piano introduction that sets a melancholy mood, Rome delivers a haunting vocal melody which is superbly sung. He has a smooth, clear voice that brings to mind Boyz II Men and is perfect for this kind of material.
Lyrically, it complements the tenderness of the music: “We’re going under, our nightmare has become reality…”. After a short bridge, it builds to the repeated memorable hook: “It’s like we’re fading into oblivion…”. A subtle beat enters on the second verse, with some lovely piano melodies interweaved throughout. My only criticism would be that it’s a bit long for a single at over five minutes, but a radio version fading out after around four minutes would solve that issue.
Overall, this is a high impressive track from someone whose various talents are comparable to someone like Pharrell Williams. Oblivion is a touching ballad that has been flawlessly performed and produced, and so is perfect to take to commercial radio. A definite star in the making.
VERDICT: 8.7 out of 10