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Kershaw, Mike: Reason to Believe

Multi-instrumentalist Mike Kershaw, no longer recording under the obscure name "Relocate to Heathrow," played, sang and produced everything on Reason to Believe and it's clear he's got an electronics fixation. Kershaw's distinct but often monotone voice blends nicely with the synthesizers that dominate these songs, which sometimes sound like they came from a vault housing rejects by the Alan Parsons Project. Songs like "Testament" and "Mask and Cape" incorporate greater use of guitar and reveal more depth to Kershaw's delivery, and the three-part suite "The End of Love and War" suggests a desire to move in an even proggier direction.

This is a pleasant-enough listen. But Reason to Believe lacks much emotion no doubt thanks to a drum machine and a lack of tempo changes. Plus, at nearly 59 minutes, it's just too long.


Track Listing:
1) False Hope
2) Inner Child
3) Testament
4) The End of Love and War
i) A New Beginning
ii) Blessing Clouds
iii) Shades of Quiet Terror
5) Reason to Believe
6) Mask and Cape
7) They Follow

Added: September 14th 2012
Reviewer: Michael Popke
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Related Link: Official Mike Kershaw Website
Hits: 1426
Language: english

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