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CD title - These Days
by Kelly Pettit
Song from the CD
All songs are from the artist's CD These Days. We have linked to Kelly's page on CD Baby if you would like to listen to samples. I normally post streaming media files when I review a CD. Because I am up against a huge deadline I wasn't able to post streaming media files.
She Shines /
I Remember /
Into Your Sea /
These Days /
You, The Melody /
My Happy Mistake /
Gun In My Hand /
What Have I Done /
by Kelly Pettit
Reviewed by Charles Harrelson
In the Studio:
I get hundreds of CD's to review every month. Some get reviewed, others get rejected. I do post a few bad reviews from time to time but I try and avoid that issue. Once in a while I am lucky and get a real diamond in the ruff. This CD was that diamond!
I try to avoid comparisions between celebrity artists but it's impossible to explain how someone sounds without the typical comparision, so here goes. Take 1 part John Mellencamp, 2 parts Tom Petty, 2 parts Brian Adams and a dash of the great Rod Stewart and you are getting close to Kelly Pettit.
This is one strong line up of talent to be compared to but I believe Kelly has many of the same qualities that the above mentioned major label artists all have. They all write and sing great songs. They know their vocal limitations and work well within their means.
They all have a few songs that make your neck hairs tingle and they can all put a huge lump in your throat.
One heart warming moment was not in the CD but on the liner notes as Kelly expresses his feelings for his 12 year old brother who has type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. Just the fact that Kelly would take the time to mention his brother on his CD shows he is a first class guy.
To be perfectly honest, I didn't hear a single song that I didn't like. Every song stands tall in the saddle and could be a radio hit tonight. I was especially moved by 'You, the Melody' a simple love song that put a huge lump in my throat as I was making a long drive between accounts in the middle of Florida. I must have hit repeat 6 times. I just could not stop listening to that song. I rank
it up there with 'Something' by the Beatles (it was that good).
The songs where all first class offerings and not a single neunce was lost in the studio. This CD sounded good on a first class audio system and still held it's own in a boom-box. Kelly's voice was clear, clean and perfectly placed within the sound stage. The band members included the usual guitar, piano, bass and drums plus the addition of a trumbone, celo, and a glock when needed.
The additional instruments added another level of listening as they provided everything neccesary to make each song a collectors addition without over doing anything.
Mixed and Mastered by Michael Letho Productions. Tracking was done by David McCluney at Atlantis Sound Studios in Melbourne Australia. Nothing short of a class job for a class guy.
My only complaint was the photography for the CD. Kelly has bewitching eyes yet every picture of him has him looking away.
That gives the audience a kind of detached feeling, as if the artist is there but doesn't notice you.
So when I have to resort to complaints about photography to find anything I didn't like the CD must be a winner.
I have to give this CD 5 stars! It was the BEST Alternative/Rock CD I have reviewed EVER.
I will be adding this CD to the Top 25 Independent CD's of
all times list. This great CD makes me feel that there is real talent out there. We just need people to buy their product.
Founder of EVOR
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