Could Guy Sebastian be too nice?
Aware Super Theater (ICC), April 27
Also on April 29, 30, May 1 and June 4
What’s not to love about Guy Sebastian?
Hear him in between numbers, talking about his love for his wife and children, and the many songs they each inspired.
Admire how he spins around what appears to be a blatant humble brag – describing how he had to keep booking more shows at the 8,000-seat venue after it sold out, eventually reaching five – coyly admitting that he knew he could become big-headed and had to restrain himself.
Coo at how he does a child’s night, month, maybe year, pointing to the cute, adorable child in the room and telling everyone how much he loved seeing them become crazy War wounds.
Truly, Sebastian might be the nicest man on the planet… which makes it hard to say that the most important parts of his skillfully produced live show – the music and the performance – are rather underwhelming.
The set is packed with ballads, which shouldn’t come as a surprise as they show off her nimble and undeniably soulful voice best, but hardly inspire excitement when you’ve heard virtually the same rhythmic musical moves for what sounds like the 10th time in an hour.
His voice is always on point, as are his occasional forays into guitar and piano, but it’s the songs themselves – even revamped versions of old favourites, funk or, uh, soul out – that often fall short. flat.