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'Mind Radio' marks a return to a Melodic Rock sound for popular American vocalist Kelly Keeling, who most genre fans love from his time with (the quite frankly) awesome Baton Rouge. Keeling has an amazing voice and he doesn't disappoint here, his vocals are probably the star and most impressive thing about this album and it makes you want to scream from the rooftops we need more Melodic Rock and AOR albums from the man!

Keeling works with some outside writers but does have a strong hand in the song-writing, which is great to see. Overall '...Radio' is essentially a straight ahead, no nonsense pure AOR collection and I'm sure most established Keeling fans will be overjoyed for the opportunity to hear him sing in this vein, I know I am.

Given the writers involved you won't be surprised to learn that this album is full of full-frontal, thrilling keyboards, strong guitar hooks and spine tingly effective choruses. As much as I like this album, and I know the average AOR fan will enjoy '...Radio' a lot, it does feel a little safe at times. Now that's not totally a bad thing, but the album does lack a little spark that would get me more excited and screaming it's praise from the rooftops.

For those of you salivating to hear new BR music you're in for a treat here as three of the songs have a strong BR feel with a heavier groove than the more AOR driven tracks. 'Who Do You Run To' is probably my favourite of the trio and it's a real album highlight, but Rouge fans should definitely crank up 'Monkey House' and 'Written in Fire' too.

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It's a solid album but I have to point out that Robert Sall's contributions are pretty awesome; 'Ride Out The Storm' and 'Frozen In Time' are straight out of the Work Of Art mould and, as you'd expect, ultra melodic. One of my personal favourites is 'Still Need You In My Arms' which is pure AOR to the max and is from the Journey book of song-writing.

I also have to highlight Italian guitarist Mario Percudani who also performs some awesome guitar licks and hooks that have really imbedded themselves on my consciousness! The guitar lick in the verses on 'Isolated Man' is simply sublime.

'Mind Radio' should satisfy Kelly Keeling's fans desire to hear more straight ahead Melodic Rock music from the man and should be on most AOR fans wish-lists. The humungous choruses on this album are destined to blow up every self-respecting AOR fans speakers this summer! Crank it up and sing along!

Paul Woodward

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