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Karson - 2013 Just In Time

ARTIST: Karson
ALBUM: Just In Time
LABEL: GMG Records
YEAR: 2013


LINEUP: Ken Karson - vocals * Rob Mancini - guitars, bass, keyboards * Claudio Pietronik - guitars * Jack Bazzani - drums, percussion

Guest Musicians: Adrian Fisher - rhythm guitar 'Angel Or Demon' * John Pratt - backing vocals 'I Recall', 'In The Heat Of The Night' * Paul Ward - acoustic guitar * Aine Mancini - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Can You Take Me Home * 02 In The Heat Of The Night * 03 Love Is A Two Way Thing * 04 Watching You Go By * 05 I Recall * 06 Yesterday * 07 Angel Or Demon * 08 Shine * 09 December Wind * 10 I Recall (piano version)



An interesting CD this one. Just quite how a bloke from the heartland of Ohio ends up releasing an album with a team of musicians from Ireland is an intriguing tale in itself. I'm sure Ken Karson has an answer for us all. His new album 'Just In Time' should appeal to many across the many sub-genre's of hard rock. it's very melodic and full of goodies. Ken's voice is close to a guy like Nazareth's Dan MacCafferty. His vocal has a coarse tone to it. Yes, Ken is not Steve Perry, but still the songs are very engaging, and his voice is tailor made for these songs.. and that's what it's all about right? Teaming up with a group of musicians including Rob Mancini (who is a recording artist in his own right), based out of Rob's GMG Studios in Ireland. Also joining in is John Pratt, much like Rob, is a recording artist himself. Listening to this reminded me of an album I was very fond back in the year 2000, and that was Jim Steed's 'Til I Found You'. That is some comparison because Jim's album is still a winner all these years later.

The Songs
The acoustic/electric mix flows through 'Can You Take Me Home', and has a very midwest vibe. The chorus lifts the song to another level. There's some deep and melodic acoustic guitar happening on 'In The Heat Of The Night' that just captures your ear from the outset. It certainly did mine. The repeated mantra of 'come on' is a feature throughout 'Love Is A Two Way Thing', a warm and engaging listen from start to finish. 'Watching You Go By' could very well be suited to Nashville, then as I say that, I realise just how much of a cookie-cutter environment Nashville is for song-writing, so perhaps that remark isn't accurate, but the sentiment is, because Ken's approach to this acoustic beauty is great. I can just imagine a guy like Bruce Gaitsch playing all over this! Two versions of 'I Recall' make the CD cut. The track is a ballad, the second version is awash with piano and orchestration. The latter part of the CD moves into true AOR territory. All three tracks Angel Or Demon', 'Shine' and 'December Wind' are superb, the latter is an acoustic new country oriented track which suits Ken to a tee.

In Summary
A surprisingly good album which I will recommend to those of you looking for something different. It's AOR, mid-west and new country all rolled into one. There's quite a bit variety but all held within the aforementioned framework. Check out the various sites associated with Ken (ReverbNation, Facebook etc), and take a listen.

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