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Follow up to Kevin Gullickson's 2011 release.

Kevin Gullickson is the name behind this release and is the follow up to his 2011 release ‘I Can See the World from Here’. Kevin worked with Gene Paul (Grammy award winning son of Les Paul) on that release which found acclaim on online and indie radio in the US and Canada. His music is described as motivational rock and was popular on college radio…..music to study to maybe?

Kevin describes each release lyrically as a reflection of his life at the time, so where does the music sit with his declaration of feelings contained within each song? Considering these are little more than well produced demos there is much to be applauded in the production, though the vocals do sound somewhat detached from the backing tracks at times.

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‘Rising’ is certainly an enjoyable enough indie rock tune that sounds like a left over from an Ultravox or U2 session. Guitar work on ‘Borders’ is quite reminiscent of Tom Petty’s ‘Mary Jane’ but unfortunately the heavy handed vocals just don’t match the feel of the song. What I did notice are some quite lovely keyboard intros and passages including the one at the beginning of title track ‘This is Our Time’ a song that reminded me of John Foxx’s solo work. Again ‘Money You Don’t Own Me’ has a wonderful keyboard and guitar intro but when the vocals and a rather messy guitar enter the picture the song loses its potential; however, the chorus is impressive enough to stay with you.

Most of the songs are well structured, but it’s the vocals which have a rather monotone sound to them so that ‘Life is For Living’, for example, takes on a rather depressive quality which is at odds with the lyrical focus!

I can certainly identify a certain talent in Kevin’s work here, but would love to hear a more keyboard oriented release that would, I feel, more suit his vocal style.

Ray Paul

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