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
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.
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