Kennedy "Diaries, Vol. 1" Review
Kennedy is a truly gifted band from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area of Texas. I have heard many songs from the band Kennedy in the past and love the sound the band creates. I was very excited to hear their new album “Diaries, Vol. 1” and was completely blown away with the production of the songs.
Kennedy is an extremely tight playing band with some impeccable beats and music. Callie Estes vocals are amazing and he has a truly original sound to him. Derrick Caster (drums/samples) is a gifted drummer who can play many different styles from offbeat type stuff to punk, to double bass in which you would expect from a death metal band. Derrick is teamed up with Brian Bolin (bass/vocals) and the two make a great unit for hammering out the beats. The guitar playing techniques of Paul Trevino and Derek Sanders are astonishing and round out this five piece band.
If you have read any of my other reviews, you know that I am not a big fan of long intros for an album; I would rather the album kick off with a hard hitting in your face song. But, the intro to their album was actually pretty freaking cool and reminded me of some sort of industrial, robotic type thing. Then the album starts in with their first song “The Law of Morality” which pretty much rips your face off and leaves you jamming out to the song for what could be hours.
Although I like every song on this album, one of my favorites is “Lust in a 4x6 Frame”. I have another version of this song and it is actually the song that really got me into Kennedy. They redid the song some from the version I have had and did a wonderful job making me like the song even more. On this version they put some effects on the vocals and put in an awesome guitar solo. I believe this is one of the songs that will make more and more people take notice of the band Kennedy and become fans.
The first song I heard from this album before it was released is “The Novel Fate”. My god! What an exceptional song this is. The Novel Fate gives you an idea of the many playing talents of not only each member, but also of the band as a whole. It has everything from the slower type beats with melodic vocals to their really hard hitting stuff. Kudos to these guys for creating such a song.
Regardless of anything I just said; you NEED to go and get this album. If you don’t, you area really missing out on a great band and some exemplary playing of some truly gifted artist.
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