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Soma City
Kevin Salem
Soma City
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
 
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Despite the merits of Kevin Salem's debut solo album, it's difficult to get past his association with that other no-frills guitar-playing singer-songwriter with a receding hairline. Compared to Freedy Johnston, Salem's nei...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Kevin Salem
Title: Soma City
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 3
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 10/25/1994
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 016861897925, 016861897949

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Despite the merits of Kevin Salem's debut solo album, it's difficult to get past his association with that other no-frills guitar-playing singer-songwriter with a receding hairline. Compared to Freedy Johnston, Salem's neither as engaging nor as dynamic. Given a fair chance to strut on Soma City, though, the former sideman for Johnston proves himself a mature, sophisticated songwriter and bandleader in his own right. Midtempo rockers like "Will" and "Lighthouse Keeper" and the moody ballad "Ruin You" come off as faceless and boring at first, but blossom with repeated listenings. As with many better records, gratification on Soma City is hard won--it's better the twentieth time than the third. Still, the stylistic marks of his days with Johnston weigh heavily on Salem. And with his apprenticeships done, the question remains whether he can emerge as a viable frontman out of the shadows of his former employers. But if he proves he can't, we still gain from more of the same. --Roni Sarig

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A great debut
Jeffrey A. Obrien | USA | 06/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"From one of the best guitarists on the planet; atop that he has an interesting soulful voice; and writes haunting melodies and lyrics; Kevin does great work on Lighthouse Keeper, Will and virtually every sublime track. Both this disc and Ecstatic are great examples of rock and roll heart and talent."