The natural cynic in me swore that nobody wrote songs this ringing and effortless anymore. It all seemed like sturm, drang and over production. Big names writing small songs.Then along comes Stand and I know there's hope. A great voice we haven't heard a voice so full of sunshine like Maura Kennedy's in God knows how long. Songs that don't have you second and third guessing meaning or intent. Frothy folk/rock/pop guitar production. Melodies bouncing off the walls like the most fun pinball game you've ever played.
The Kennedy's fifth disc (their first for Koch) beats any anti-depressant the doctor might order. Every song catches your ear and won't let go. I could go on but I'd rather listen to 'Stand' over and over and over again.
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