Xavier Omär doesn't stray from his formula on Pink Lightning. Fans of his uncomplicated vocals, catchy melodies and spacey, futuristic production will get more of the same on this EP; why fix what isn't broken?
The project is less dynamic than his previous effort, The Everlasting Wave, but it's an enjoyable listen nonetheless. Omär is a sharp penman, and his songwriting skills shine throughout. "Stuck" is a sure-fire pop hit that sounds like something R&B powerhouse Ne-Yo could have written; "The Title" is a rich and relatable a cappella; and Omär adds the perfect touches to Chris LaRocca's "Wild" on his sultry remix.
There's not much to dislike. Perhaps Lightning's only flaw is that it's so short. Since his days as SPZRKT on Soundcloud, the elusive Texan has been teasing fans with EPs, features and standalone singles; it would be nice to hear him really push the boundaries of his tried-and-true sound on a full-length album, something more cohesive and intentional than the string of appetizers he's released thus far. For now, though, Pink Lightning is good. (Never Sleep/Empire)