Released: 2004, Mascot Records
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Kelly Keeling has been in the music business for a long time now. He was born in Louisiana and involved in 4 different bands called Tyrant, Warlock, Trilogy and Castle. During 1986 he joined a 5th act by the name of Baton Rouge and it was about then that things started to happen for him. Baton Rouge did very well and during 1987 he moved to Los Angeles. In 1991 Baton Rouge closed down because of artistic differences. By that time Keeling had started to work with the legendary Alice Cooper and wrote HEY STOOPID for him and he also co-wrote the song “Snakebite”. At the same time he put back up vocals on Alice’s album. It was also with that album he got his first platinum record. Other artists/bands Keeling has worked with are Blue Murder, John Norum Band, Michael Schenker Group, King Cobra, Don Dokken and Dokken.
This CD single is the first preview of Keeling’s solo album GIVING SIGHT TO THE EYE, which is going to be released in early 2005. The disc contains two tracks taken from the new album and features guests like Don Dokken, John Norum, Tony Franklin, Kerry Livgren, Carmine Appice and Roger Daltry to mention a few.
The first song is called “Rising Of The Snake” and is written by Keeling. The other song, “I Believe”, is written by Keeling together with Don Dokken and Michelle Meldrum. I don’t know who’s done the production or when or where it was recorded.
“Rise Of The Snake” is a mix between bluesy, melodic hard rock with tempo changes. Keeling is at the top of the mix and in the middle of the song we have a nice guitar solo. This song has influences of 1970’s hard rock.
In “I Believe” Keeling has help from Don Dokken with vocal harmony and a co-lead in the chorus. This song leans more into an up-tempo ballad and has the ability to become a real radio-hit. Keeling has an amazing voice and it works really good with the help of Don Dokken. At the end the song turns into a real ballad with a lot of tempo changes through the songs.
Keeling delivers two very strong songs and the only negative I can think of is why he hasn’t added a song that isn’t on the album instead of two songs from the same one. Keeling really deserves success on his own now. He’s always worked with other artists and hasn’t got the credit he’s worth. I don’t have any line-up so I don’t know who the brilliant guitar player is, unfortunately.