Kelley: Just Say The Word
By: Linda Spielman
To sum up Josh Kelley's
music, he is probably one of the last great lyrical storytellers
of his generation. With Just Say The Word, his third release,
Kelley became the jack of all trades by writing, producing and performing
all songs on the album. As the old saying goes, if you want something
done right and with your complete vision, then do it ALL yourself.
And that is exactly what Josh Kelley not only did, but accomplished
has always been both a top-selling and major listening point with
his music and this CD is no exception. In fact, Just Say The
Word showcases Kelley's musicianship, writing and personality
to it's highest level. Following in the footsteps of artists like
Dave Matthews, Kelley approaches his music from a realist's perspective.
He focuses on the music and writing and doesn't rely on heavy production.
This approach makes his music universally appealing, as well as
a great listen.
The only flaw with this
CD is the track placement. Opposite of Me starts the album
off on an upbeat note. However it drags a bit through the next four
tracks. The CD picks up again at How The Story Goes and Mississippi
River Girl is an obvious stand-out track. Listening to this
song is like reading a great novel, as the mind's eye conjures up
the images to the story-line. The characters are who you want them
to be. Kelley's writing and musical talent seems almost effortless.
Out of his three releases, this is by far his best. The novelty
of his celebrity has worn off and there seems to be a new passion
for the music he creates, a sentiment that shines through brightly
on Just Say The Word.
When it comes to his music,
Josh Kelley proves that sometimes, too many chefs can spoil the soup.
Taking the bull by the horns and creating this entire CD by himself,
including the distribution, says a lot for the man behind the music.
He is the only chef when it comes to his soup and that approach will
render him a lasting musical career, as well as the respect of all
who listen to his music. Just Say The Word is a great listen
for those of you who truly enjoy music in its purest sense