Have I told you lately I love The Kennedys? Not just the crisp, breezey clang-jangle of Pete's guitars or Maura's vocal effervescence. It's not just the sincerity and universality of their songs, re-assuring us to savor the glorious now, as their music skips through our hearts and heads, making us shinier, happier people. Heck, it's not even the cold fact that I've received their last few discs free for reviewing purposes.
Quite simply, I love Pete and Maura because they invite us all to celebrate their ten years together -- livin', lovin', giggin', tourin' - in the exuberant title track. Namaste, where 'The divine in you recognizes the divine in me' sets the tone of my whole day. The chugging Midnight Ghost revives the wide open mind and spirit of Kerouac's America. Listen and Live cools me when I'm set to boil. Even cover versions of Richard Thompson's plaintive How Will I Ever Be Simple Again and Dylan's iconoclastic Chimes of Freedom sound like Kennedys' songs. How many artists can achieve that?
Unafraid to mix philosophy, spirituality, love and artistry with a folk-rock back beat is what makes this duo a positive force on all things human. I love The Kennedys because like their previous seven discs, especially Stand, Life Is Large and the still compelling debut River of Fallen Stars I can listen to every song and feel like I'm crossing those many miles right alongside them.
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