"Smooth as a Martini" New York Times Review

After 2 performances of "Devin Bing & The Secret Service...Part Deux" Live at the Metropolitan Room, the critics have spoken! Stephen Holden of the New York Times' review entitled "Smooth as a Martini," compares Devin to the likes of Robin Thicke and a post-Stevie Wonder stylistic arranger. Read the full article below...

“I’ve got more style than a Rolex watch/I’ve got more style than a Rolls-Royce car,” Devin Bing, a Long Island blue-eyed soul crooner declared in his original ballad “Smooth” in the opening of his show on Thursday evening at the Metropolitan Room. Accompanying Mr. Bing, who played piano, was his four-member band, the Secret Service (Michael Feinberg on bass, Blaise Lanzetta on drums, Gavi Grodsky on guitar and Mark Bader on percussion), who churned out the kind of sleek, generic pop-soul grooves with jazz flavoring that are associated with hits by the likes of Robin Thicke.
 
What distinguishes Mr. Bing, 28, from other sweet-talking, slick-haired pop loverboys is his mixture of original material with popular standards arranged in a post-Stevie Wonder style. His set led off with “There Will Never Be Another You,” “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” and “Moody’s Mood for Love.” Later came a declamatory “All or Nothing at All” that dispensed with the original melody, and “I’ve Got the World on a String.”
 
Mr. Bing has a coming album, whose title, “Shaken Not Stirred,” he said, refers to James Bond’s favored method of mixing a martini. And two songs, “Little Ms. Mysterious” Parts I and II, he explained, were inspired by Bond-like romantic fantasies of a mysterious beauty, observed smoking a cigarette, who vanishes in the night. Mr. Bing’s lyrics may be devoid of wit, but at least he has concepts.
 
Since when has possession of a Rolex or a Rolls-Royce been synonymous with style? With wealth? Perhaps. But style? No way.
 
Devin Bing continues through Feb. 28 at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, Flatiron district; 212-206-0440, metropolitanroom.com

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