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CD REVIEW: Corbin Keep – “Call of the Wild Cello”
By Stacey Board - 12/19/2003 - 03:26 PM EST

Artist: Corbin Keep
Album: “Call of the Wild Cello”
CD Review: Keep has a very unique voice and sensibility to his music. There is an obvious pleasure and ‘fun’ that comes through in his songs. Some of the songs are quite contemplative and reflective but it is evident that Keep plays music for the joy of it.

Most of the tracks are cello, bass and percussion but they don’t at all sound sparse. The cello is quite a rich and emotive instrument. It was a wise choice to let the arrangements stay this subtle. Keep is a versatile, skilled and imaginative player. His voice is also rich and pleasing.

There is quite a diverse landscape covered here in Keep’s songwriting. He has included songs here that incorporate various tempos while his moods range from the deepest soul searching to the most tongue in cheek humor. It is enjoyable to have such a wide spectrum explored in one songwriter.

I especially like “Common Thread”. It is a lovely melody full of graceful movement and beautiful harmonies. “In Silent Awe” is also one of my favorites. Here is my compliment and in some small way a disclaimer: This is not mainstream pop. Fans of Penguin Café Orchestra and the Brodsky quartet work with Elvis Costello will want to hear Corbin Keep.

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