BRET SEARS, “Break The Rules”
Baltimore’s Bret Sears is branching out from his dance/pop group project Casual Encounter, which I wrote about last December, to tackle fresh streetwise pop/hip hop with “Break The Rules”. It’s definitely got a polished pop side but with some grittiness that could attract fans of Justin Timberlake, Jesse McCartney, Logic, and G-Eazy. While “Break The Rules” isn’t going challenge any boundaries, it’s got an undeniable hook which is when the vocal is at its strongest. The melody has raw qualities about it that sound like throwbacks to 90’s NWA/Ice-T/2Pac releases which you generally won’t find in a pop-oriented record. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what’s next for Bret in this new undertaking.