This guy is the full meal deal: catchy hooks, movie-star looks, smart 'n' sensitive lyrics, heart-wrenching ballads and straight-up pop rock nuggets that don't pander to the lowest common denominator. His video's already making the rounds at Much, so grab a copy of this disc so you can say you liked them when. While unique percussion with wacky time signatures helps differentiate Temporao from the rest of the piano-balladeer pack, his instinct for when to liven things up really tips Down In Front over the top. He keeps melancholia in check on the gently rocking The News and the reggae-tinged Redhaired Girl, which makes for an easy listen - although I sometimes get the feeling that he'd be capable of morphing into a Rob Thomas-style wanker at any moment.
Temporao joins the benefit show at Healey's Friday (August 12).