Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Review -- KELLY BROCK -- Rebel Kind

Kelly Brock
Warner Music
Kelly Brock is a new voice on the country music scene. This is a girl that clearly listens to country radio, and headed to the recording studio with a plan to put together a CD that would catch the ear of music directors.
The lead and title cut has radio written all over it, and the second song Cowboy Boots and Levis certainly has the sound to be a huge radio song too.
Brock has a definite modern Nashville sound going on.
So then, the question I had to ask myself is whether the world needs another country singer that has twisted in a bit of rock and has created an album that is so obviously made to be radio friendly?
If you're looking for lyrics that have depth, pass on this one. For the most part this is a collection of songs with catchy hooks that you can sing along to on the radio without really thinking about the words.
Vocally, Brock can sing. She has a nice voice, but it won't necessarily stand out as unique either.
This is an album that radio should love, and you could well find yourself popping along to a number of these songs as you listen to your favourite country music station in the coming months. On that level this should be a winner. From a current country sound with radio hits in mind Brock has a CD full of potential.
If however you want something fresh from your country, then this isn't it.
This is formula country, but Brock at least follows the formula well.
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-- Reviews first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Aug. 29, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

1 comment:

K. Brock said...

Hi Calvin,

Thanks for your review- I have included a review that is a little more in depth. Here it is:

Ain't That Bad Being the Rebel Kind
author: Timothy Yap
Listening to Brock's new CD is like reading a punctilious diary of a thirty-something woman. With a forthright perspicuity, this Canadian country artist shares with us her antidote for a jealous boyfriend, her preference for a man in cowboy boots and Levis, and her ways of dealing with aging. Not only does the material of this album engage with the woes and bliss of reality, Brock's vocals embraces a seasoned realism. This is a lady who sings as if she understands and lives every note. Further, vocally she strikes the right balance between the tuff-chick attitude of a Gretchen Wilson as well as possessing the feminine vulnerability of say a Martina McBride. "Rebel Kind," though not this chanteuse's first album, is her first foray into country with a rocking edge. Released under the Pacific Music/Warner Brothers imprint, this is mostly a self-contained effort with Brock and co-producer penning most of the tracks. However, a few other co-writers are also enlisted, most notable being Jeff Cohen (who also co-write Big and Rich's smash "Holy Water.") Current single "Cowboy Boots and Levis" is a guitar-driven, hard-edged rocker brings us to a ladies' night with Brock and her party crowd giving a young Levi wearing dude the holler. Not ready to call it a night, on the rowdy "(DJ Play a) Drinking Song" Brock coos her musical preference over a catchy tune. A highlight as far as the more upbeat moments go is "Be My Angel," coming from the pen of co-producer Craig Zurba. The gentle strumming of the guitar over a lilting melody "Be My Angel" has a genuine innocence about the first flush of love that is ultra romantic. Just as life is never always jovial, "Single and Lovin' It," with its snarling electric guitars, is a bitter diatribe about having burnt by love. Again showing attitude is the harmonica-laced "Walk the Talk," a bluesy rocker with Brock standing up to her man to make love an action verb. For sheer heart tugging beauty, Lowell George's chestnut "Heartache," one of the few songs not written by Brock, hits all the right emotional chords, thanks to Brock's heartfelt delivery over its doleful sounding steel guitars. "Vegas," though not as heart shattering, is a tenderhearted tearjerker of a disillusion paramour coming from the pens of Brock and the aforementioned Cohen. Though a few more ballads in the likes of "Heartache" would be welcome, this is still a sturdy effort. Most impressive though is Brock's songwriting: she has that uncanny gift to set real life to music. Never a dull moment, this is a 12-song collection that explores and expounds life in such a way that ought to shed a tear or/and bring a smile to anyone who has had lived life. Further, the production and musicianship are top-notched. Though not your usual Nashville A-list session players, they show aptitude for great playing, such as they know when to pull the stops and when to rein it all in. After hearing this CD, it ain't that bad being the rebel kind.