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Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
It's easy to get fooled by James Keelaghan. The Western Canadian folk singer owns a handsome voice, and he gives it such a husky tremor that his songs sound far weightier than they actually are. Upon repeated listenings, h... more »
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It's easy to get fooled by James Keelaghan. The Western Canadian folk singer owns a handsome voice, and he gives it such a husky tremor that his songs sound far weightier than they actually are. Upon repeated listenings, however, the weaknesses of his recordings become all too apparent--the reluctance of the melodies to break out of predictable patterns, the lassitude of the rhythms, the tendency of the lyrics to favor broad generalizations over specific details. These shortcomings are more evident than ever on Keelaghan's album, A Recent Future. Typical of the album is the title track, in which Keelaghan meditates on the mysteries of time, belaboring the obvious with observations such as "the present what-will-be will be here ever after." --Geoffrey Himes
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LeeAnn T. (makaua) from PORTLAND, OR
Reviewed on 1/3/2010...
Nice,listenable collection of folk music from this Canadian.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have yet to hear any of James' albums, and I plan to hear all of them. I came to Amazon.com to get some info and reviews.I found it curious that the Amazon.com "reviewer" uses different names when reviewing two different Keelaghan albums. There is a "Jeffrey Himes" and a "Geoffey Himes"The review of 'My Skies' is quite nice, while the review of 'A Recent Future' is quite biting.Just thought other listeners should be aware..."
MR. HIMES IS WRONG!
Kevin Poe | 12/02/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Keelaghan is great! Now I'll agree he's no Gordon Lightfoot. But then who is? I've seen him in concert and found him to be a very entertaining and sincere musician. I listen to his music on a regular basis. Perhaps he's not the most profound or innovative folk singer but whoever is looking for that in folk music probably doesn't understand folkmusic!Perhaps James use to beat-up on Mr. Himes on the playground....?Now that would make a song I'd want to listen to over and over again!"