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Charming the Gods
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Bryan Kelley's debut album Charming the Gods, is a ten song tapestry of modern folk-rock-edgy, with traditional elements including acoustic guitar, fiddle, squeezebox, mandolin, etc. woven throughout. — From the angry gait ... more »
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Bryan Kelley's debut album Charming the Gods, is a ten song tapestry of modern folk-rock-edgy, with traditional elements including acoustic guitar, fiddle, squeezebox, mandolin, etc. woven throughout.
From the angry gait of the featured song She Crawls to the fresh optimism Angels, the album charts a wide range of raw emotion. The title track is a beautiful lament over the dark ritual of managing hard addiction.
Band credits include Bryan on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, Emanuel Bucket Baker of Kenny Loggins, Boz Skaggs on drums and percussion; Alan Schwartz on bass, and many other talented music makers. Produced by innovator Chris Fuhrman whos worked with Ultrasound, co-produced Innocence Mission, Cracker, and Throneberry.
Listening to Bryan Kelley's debut effort Charming the Gods quickly makes one think back to the days when alternative music meant something new and fresh rather than just another narrow marketing term used by record company executives. This is as talented and professionally produced an album as anything you'd expect to get from any of the major music labels.
Kelley favors surging arrangements given a sheen with pervasive keyboards and effects laden guitars, lending a late 70's rock radio aesthetic to his work that calls to mind artists like Michael Franks and Steely Dan.
Charming the Listeners - I Never Get Bored of This CD
Janette Dean | Lake Tahoe, CA USA | 04/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bryan Kelley's refreshing, enlivening and consoling music on this CD is a cathartic "coming of age" journey in my mind. "I Lie In the Water" makes us feel our burdened yet liberating freedom of choice and aloneness in a world of so many possibilities and inevitable wrong turns. "Where Are They Now" also takes us back to our wanderings in and out of each other's lives. I see his collection of songs as a reflection of our determined, sad, angry and joyful desire to be our unique and flawed selves while trying to build and belong to an ideal paradise of happy and healthy lovers, friends, and family. I thank him for a successful work that describes this eternal conflict. (He also makes his live performances seem like a warm and casual circle of friends enjoying good music and grooves together. I saw him and his great band at The Mint in Los Angeles on Pico Boulevard.)"