A Must Have Album!
Corey Keller and Duncan Mathew have created a band that is gearing up to break through the waves of the Pop Rock genre. The sound quality is fantastic for a bands first album and shows that these guys are serious about making a name for themselves and that they are aiming for higher ground.
The vocals are solid. Corey brings gentle vocals that match All Kings All Poets sound perfectly, especially with Duncan's spot on harmonies. The addition of Aj Perdomo(A Dangerous Summer) to "What I Need" brings passion to the song and makes his addition both fun and a smart collaboration for their respective bands.
I really like the sound. It is more pop that i expected, but it is well done. It is both smooth and easy, but enjoyable to the point of already singing along and i'm only on the second listen.
The lyrics are deeper and more thoughtful than what you would expect from a bands first attempt. There are some fun nods to other works, such as "to maybe see better days"(Goo Goo Dolls) from "I'll Be Fine" and "Privilege" is based in literature. These references only add another level to the meaning the band carries in their lyrics and as musicians. The hopeful lyrics of "Forgiven" are uplifting, which is a nice change from the general Pop music genre. I'm still listening to the lyrics, but i like what i've heard.
The sound reminds me some old school The Wedding. There is a slight tinge of punk rock underneath the pop and a little bit of southern that bleeds through, especially when they mention Oklahoma.
I'd have to say my favorite song is "I'll Be Fine," simply because of the heavy Jimmy Eat World riffing in the chorus and after the first chorus, as well as the epic Kings of Leon lead guitar wails as gang vocals epically woah-oh during the bridge.
However, "Forgiveness" is a close second just for the slide giving the song an airy light feel to go along with the ever hopeful lyrics. It's a good show of matching the music with the lyrics that only seasoned musicians would both hear and be creative enough to make.
Overall, i'd give a 5 out of 5 stars to them as a new band making their debut.
It's music like this that makes me wish i had taken the time to become a better musician and keep going with it. However, i am very excited for this project and i look forward to hearing both future music from them and getting to see where this band goes in the next couple of years.
Buy this album, support this band, and spread the word. All Kings All Poets is here to stay.