Kelly Keeling is a Jack of all trades in music business. Among others he already worked with MSG, BATON ROUGE, KING KOBRA, BLUE MURDER or John Norum, and wrote songs for Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey (THE WHO) and DOKKEN. But now he wants to perform himself as singer and songwriter, supported by a number of heroes whom he helped out in the past.
This means that on the bluesy “Giving Sight To The Eye” you will find well known names such as Carmine Appice, John Norum, Roger Daltrey, Don Dokken and many more. Accordingly, the songs vary quite a bit one from the other. After the hard rocking opener “Rising Of The Snake” we get all sorts of tracks. Two of the higlights are certainly the relaxed ballad “Perfect Day” and the following, epically progressive “Ground Zero”. Overall Mr Keeling’s music falls into the 70’s Hard Rock drawer, most of it has a bluesy and relaxed tone, as mentioned above. What strikes me most are the beautifully spread Hammond and Mellotron sounds, they give the album a bit of a DEEP PURPLE touch. Kelly Keeling shows a great variety in his singing, and he knows how to catch the listener with wonderful vocal harmonies. No matter whether it’s a straight rocker or a ballad, the protagonist always hits the right tone. The production of “Giving Sight To The Eye” is not as retro as the compositions and should thus please the demanding listener.
With his solo record KELLY KEELING released a beautiful album that is rich in variation. The rather relaxed Hard Rock and the many ballad-like songs might not please everybody’s taste, but “Giving Sight To The Eyes” seems like a fitting soundtrack to nice summer evening, spent in the garden with a cool beer. Those who liked Kelly’s work for other artists should definitely get this record. As to straight Metalheads, this might not be what they are looking for. Older semesters of Rock, however, should check this record out. Just give it a listen first.
Try these first: “Rising Of The Snake“, “Perfect Day”, “Ground Zero”. (Online October 5, 2005)