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CD REVIEW: Kelly Pettit - These days
By Ivan Nossa - 02/19/2011 - 09:28 PM EST

Artist: Kelly Pettit
Album: These days
Genre: Country/Rock
Sounds Like: Jackson Browne, James Blunt, James Taylor
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Into your sea, These days, You the melody, My happy mistake
CD Review: These days is a full-length CD release from singer/songwriter and guitarist Kelly Pettit.

This is an acoustic rock/country album. It reminds me of the great west coast singers, the melodies are wide and well written. The refrains immediately stick to your head. What Kelly is good at, though, possibly better than most of his colleagues, is writing very good simple songs with a brilliant sense of melody and catchy refrains. And this certainly gives him an edge.

On top of this you add a very pleasant rock voice and a solid acoustic guitar playing.

I have listened to this album many times, mainly because these are those songs that you never get tired of and are easily liked. Most of my friends who by chance heard the record had all positive comments.

I also liked the occasional "back-to basics" feel conveyed in the lyrics and to a wider extent by the arrangements. They are excellent and with simple touches they drawn every song beautifully. I loved the trumpet in “Into the sea” and the Cello in “You, the melody”. They keep the songs where they belong, in that land of sincerity and true feelings.

To me the entire album is a very good work and the artist has great talent. Listing my favorite tracks does seem like a bit of an injustice because frankly there is no bad tune here. Every song serves its purpose well and as a whole, this album is a winner.

Whether you’re into music as passion, an amusement or you are a fan of singer / songwriters such as James Taylor, James Blunt and Jackson Browne, I think you’ll really enjoy Kelly Pettit new album.

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