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Keeling, Kelly - 2015 Mind Radio



ARTIST: Keeling, Kelly
ALBUM: Mind Radio
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 698
YEAR: 2015
SPONSOR: Frontiers Portal

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

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

TRACK LISTING: 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 Apart * 08 No Man's Land * 09 Frozen In Time * 10 Monkey House * 11 Ride The Storm * 12 Who Do You Run To

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Background
He was the voice behind Mississippi melodic rockers Baton Rouge back in the late 80's. Years later he's found a home at Frontiers, and has employed their house band with Del Vecchio, Percudani, Portalupi, Mori etc providing the musical backbone to his latest solo album 'Mind Radio'. I quite like this actually. It holds no real surprises, but the musical pot pourri sounds professional and has moments of seared hard rock, just like a hot BBQ.


The Songs
To my my ears, 'Mind Radio' sounds like a less interfered with album, regarding the lyrics, arrangements and back-end production. It's quite raw, but refined without too much gloss. Mostly, this stuff sort of washes over me, but I stood to take a deep whiff of this album, and I survived. So that says something? 'This Love Our Paradise' rocks away in unabashed fashion for an opener. 'Sunshine Over Me' is just the coolest hard rocker with a bluesy edge. The solo from Mario adds to the coolness factor. 'Written In Fire' and the pulse and pump of 'Take Me To The Limit' both set highwater marks, while the modern keyboard work on 'No Mans Land' is just wickedly good, and full of fun. 'Frozen In Time' is another standout tune, easy to listen to, with an engaging chorus.


In Summary
It was this album which prompted me to do a revisit of Keeling's Baton Rouge debut. I'm quite glad I did, as it provided me an opportunity to write up a back-story to this one at least. There is enough here to keep modern melodic rockers happy, and it fits the bill quite nicely.


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#1 | gdazegod on August 27 2015 00:26:53
I forgot to mention in this article, that Keeling is also involved with the band FOUNDRY, who also released an independent CD earlier in 2015.
#2 | jeffrey343 on September 03 2015 15:24:20
I had this on my radar from the first moment I heard some samples, but it did take me a while to really give it a good listen. Not sure why I waited - this is damn good stuff. It'll end up high in my ranking of 2015 albums for sure. Even though it's another Frontiers release, with the typical Alessandro Del Vecchio songwriting and production touches, it manages to be a pretty immediate album. It helps that ADV is not the only writer. Three songs - 'Written In Fire', 'Monkey House', and 'Who Do You Run To' - were meant to be new Baton Rogue songs (they appeared on a 2007 Jack Ponti album of demos). And Robert Sall contributes 'Frozen In Time' (which would have made a great Work Of Art track) and 'Ride Out The Storm'. ADV and Keeling did the rest of them. Andrew at Melodic Rock was not a big fan of the disparity of the songs, but it totally works for me.

I find this reminiscent of the Revolution Saints and latest Fergie Frederiksen albums (and yes I thought about that before I saw it in Andrew's review). But even better than those two. There's not a bad song on here. It's pretty standard fare for this day and age, but it pulls off the increasingly rare feat of not sounding samey to me. 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' is probably the most modern-sounding song to me - kinda like one that could have been a Daughtry song.

And I have to give a huge shout-out to Anna Portalupi (Mrs. ADV). I listened to this before seeing the musician lineup, but I immediately thought that must be Portalupi on bass. She's been on a few albums lately that I've liked, and I recognized her fine musical stylings. I'm a bit of a bass geek, and I really enjoy the bass riffs she throws in at the most opportune moments - a cool fill here, jumping up an octave there. And anytime ADV himself gets behind the keys for most of the album is going to add some magic to the sound.
 
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