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LuBrant, Keith - 2001 Face In The Crowd

Keith LuBrant - vocals, guitar, keyboards
John LeComte - bass
Joe Perez - drums

New Jersey native Keith Lubrant has some tough competition in his home state as far as rock n roll goes. With that in mind, perhaps it's just as well he isn't trying to be another Bruce Springsteen or Jon Bon Jovi, on his debut CD 'Face In The Crowd'. But from listening to the record, it's clear he still has a way to go until he can start playing arenas, buying mansions and making videos with Cindy Crawford. Don't get me wrong, if you are looking for a modern rock album that is filled with melody and hooks then 'Face In The Crowd' doesn't disappoint. There are quite a few impressive tracks amongst the 14 on offer - but therein lies the problem.

The Songs
Opener 'All I Want To Be' kicks off with a great riff and is soaked with an edgy modern vibe that makes for a really rocking start to proceedings and the bouncy 'Better Days' is also an early standout. By now, LuBrant's appreciation of bands like The Goo Goo Dolls really starts to become evident and none more so than on the title track itself, which despite the quality of the song is a semi-replica of the Goo's smash hit acoustic ballad 'Name' from a couple of years back. On 'Fades Away', a definate Gin Blossoms jangle-pop sound is evident which contrasts a little with the Toad The Wet Sprocket type melancholy of 'Midnight Once Again', but even so, the latter is probably the best track on the record with a moody acoustic intro and real sense of atmosphere throughout. 'If You See Mary' is also a memorable cut and whilst none of these songs are particualrly innovative or ground breaking, up to now it's a case of so far so good. However, that's not entirely the case. In short, this album is too long and remaining tracks such as 'Hear Me', and 'Where You Gonna Go' blend into one another, lack diversity and generally begin to sound a little dull. As a result, I think an emphasis on quality rather than quantity by culling the number of tracks by three or four would improve the whole listening experience substantially and leave the focus on the strong tracks already mentioned.

In Summary
'Face In The Crowd' is certainly not a bad effort - it is still certainly recommended listening for modern rock fans interested in the talent bubbling under the surface - but by the time LuBrant records the follow up record, hopefully it will be more focused, more streamlined but just as melodic.


Track Listing:
01 All I Want To Be
02 Better Days
03 Lovely Sunday
04 The Girl Next Door
05 Face In The Crowd
06 Misunderstood
07 If You See Mary
08 Fades Away
09 Midnight Once Again
10 Hear Me
11 Where You Gonna Go
12 Feelin' Alright
13 Madam Butterfly
14 Real Life

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