CD REVIEW: Kenny Davidsen – “Goodnight, Baby”
By Stacey Board - 09/16/2003 - 12:54 AM EDT
Artist: Kenny Davidsen Album: “Goodnight- Baby” CD Review:
This CD is a collection of piano-based pop highlighted with Davidsen’s vocals. He sounds to me a little like a younger Michael McDonald. He’s got good power and range and a bit of that full soulful sound and that makes him not sound like everyone else on the radio right now. Yay!
I hear many influences in his songwriting. I first heard ‘old school’ Elton John influence which is a good thing. Davidsen has a talent for melody and the unpredictable in his arrangements.
I also like it when he gives a nod to what I call, for lack of a more accurate term, ‘old fashioned’ ballad style. There is an innocence to the melody and structure of “If You Belonged To Me”. I could close my eyes and hear Fred Astaire crooning this song sweetly to his love interest and it works with this song because its a very sweet plea.
But he happily doesn’t fit neatly into any one style. He stretches pop in all sorts of directions. He is not missing a sense of humor, as he shows in songs like “Conversation Killer”. Fans of a wide range of piano based pop will be happy with this CD.
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