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Kelly Keeling – Mind Radio Review

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Released by: Frontiers

Release date: 3 July 2015

Genre: Melodic Rock

Links: kellykeeling.net , Facebook

 

Lineup:

Kelly Keeling – Lead Vocals

Alessandro Del Vecchio – Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Mario Percudani – Electric and Acoustic Guitars

Anna Portalupi – Bass, Fretless Bass

Alessandro Mori – Drums

 

Tracklist:

01. This love our paradise

02. Isolated man

03. Sunshine over me

04. Still need you in my arms

05. Written in fire

06. Take me to the limit

07. Love will tear us appart

08. Non man’s land

09. Frozen in time

10. Monkey house

11. Ride the storm

12. Who do you run to

 

The name Kelly Keeling is pretty known in the Hard Rock/AOR world, yet sadly not as widespread as it should. Since his days fronting Baton Rouge in 1990 he has become synonymous with some of the best singers on the scene, like James Christian, Jeff Scott Soto, Jimi Jamison and countless others. No matter what band or recording his name is attached too you can bet that it is going to be a strong album, at least vocally. I have been a fan for a long time now, and can’t think of an album off the top of my head that he sang on that I wasn’t a pretty big fan of; from Baton Rouge to John Norum to King Kobra- his soulful voice has always entertained me. Beyond working with some phenomenal musicians, ranging from hard rock to jazz to even Trans Siberian Orchestra, I was beyond happy when he embarked on a fantastic solo career with the release of Giving Sight To the Eye in 2005, his first solo album. It is an absolutely wonderful album and demonstrates why he has made such a significant impact on the scene.

2015 sees the release of his newest solo offering, Mind Radio, and I have to say that this is one of the best albums he has done in his entire career. For starters, his voice is just as amazing as ever, from the soaring highs to that soulful mid-range, he shows no signs of wear. As for the songs, they run the gamut of everything Keeling has ever offered, from the rocking “Take Me To the Limit,” the blues-tinged AOR stylized “Isolated Man” to bouncing album closer “Who Do You Run To.” There isn’t a bad track on here, all instant classic Keeling deserving to be heard all over the world. He has amassed some superb musicians to showcase his amazing talent, giving him the perfect backdrop for his stunning voice.

I really can’t say enough about Kelly and especially this album. The moment I started listening to Mind Radio, I knew it was going to be a knockout, but it even surpassed my already high expectations. This album should find its way into everyone’s collection that loves excellent AOR Hard Rock. Hopefully this album will propel him into the stratosphere and his name will be on the lips of every music lover out there.

Written by: Chris Martin

 

Ratings: Chris 10/10

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