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Trever Keith
Melancholics Anonymous
Antagonist Records
www.treverkeith.com


Some may remember Trever Keith as the frontman of the alternative rock outfit Face To Face who emerged in the '90s, or maybe as one-half of the production team The Legion Of Doom. Keith got together with his partner Chad Blinman from The Legion Of Doom for the making of his solo album, Melancholics Anonymous. The album delivers one richly pulsating track after another, showing elements of synth-rock, new wave, and club music. The wingspans in the fibrillating vibrations are massive and load up the drum fills with arousing dynamics. The synth atmospherics in the songs are reflective of the '80s Britpop icon Midge Ure, and the contemporary polish in the music is like modern rock's Pilot Speed, making the album a clean cross section of synth and rock pathways.

Keith casts an acoustic guitar shadow over the synth passages of "Absolution," which brings out beautiful textures in the melodic score, and the addition of hovering strings gives the song a spiritual essence. The melodic rockabilly and punk rock versing of "Pushover" hose a catchy pumping powering the rhythms as Keith's vocals ride along the knolls with a natural stride. The soft tingling harmonies of "Half Asleep" have a dreamy sonorousness that gives the melody a power rock ballad height with words that bolster the imagery like, "Wishing I could fall asleep with you." The hard rock contours of "Bleed Out" intensify the synth passages to a symphonic pitch like Finger Eleven. The title track is a composite of countrified synth rock chips as the overtones of acoustic guitars weave into the ringlets of airy synths. The final track "Shine Box" has a synth rock elastic and long vocal lines that groom the melodic phrases to the width of melodic rock bliss.

Trever Keith crafted an album that satisfies a hunger for meaty melodic rock music, which is very much what he and Blinman will do to songs when they remix them. The Legion Of Doom's remix of Flyleaf's track"I'm So Sick" for the Resident Evil: Extinction soundtrack brought hard rock a symphonic wingspan, which many of Keith's songs also do. Keith's songs show influences of '80s new wave, '90s acoustic rock, and 2000's orchestral rock. Melancholics Anonymous is a synthesis of these flavorful palettes brought together by one voice, that of Trever Keith.

-Susan Frances

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