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Mulligan, Kevin : International

With a voice that slightly reminds me of Canada's James Keelaghan, Kevin delivers a suite of well composed songs that contain some gritty lyrics that delve into all manner of topics including love, work, emotions and Christianity. Kevin obviously has a deep religious conviction as these beliefs, dreams and ideology play an important part in his music, engaging the listener with a predictable but pleasant style of singing. It would be unfair to both men to compare similarities but if you imagined a deeper throated version of Gordon Lightfoot, you'd have some idea of how Kevin sings. The power in his voice is quite evident as he reaches the highs and lows with regularity but with no perceivable loss of control.

His songs adopt the basic verse-chorus-verse format so those seeking anything progressive will need to look elsewhere. Similarly, most of his song writing style includes a lot of acoustic work with some heavier sections where appropriate. Interestingly, this album was recorded live in Belgium so I imagine Kevin's tour may have had some religious connection as I would not imagine his popularity would have extended to such an unusual place.

9 of the 11 songs included on this album are self penned. As a Christian singer, his songs are reasonably well performed although I am sure there are others bands such as Iona or Karnataka who deserve a far more acceptable home here amongst the progressive fans that we target with our reviews.

Track Details:

1. Roll Away (3.42)
2. To Love Somebody (3.16))
3. Rivertown (5.19))
4. KN3 (7.02))
5. Havana (4.38))
6. Kingscourt (4.17))
7. Memphis (5.21))
8. Soft And Slow (4.23))
9. Home In That Rock (4.57))
10. Sixteen Tons (6.05))
11. Great North Plains (5.10)

Added: October 4th 2004
Reviewer: Greg Cummins
Related Link: Carbon 7 Records
Hits: 2110
Language: english

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