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Jadea Kelly is perhaps best known our readers as the voice of Kezia on Protest the Hero’s 2005 album of the same name, but in the ever-expanding Toronto roots music scene her work with the progressive metal outfit is little more than the prologue to her ever-growing solo career.

Eastbound Platform, Kelly’s second album, was released two weeks ago to the day and has already been met with positive reviews from Exclaim! Magazine and CBC Radio—expect SputnikMusic to join these ranks shortly. Praises of her work is warranted, as the album shows the evolution of a once nervous performer who—in her on stage debuts with Protest the Hero—occasionally struggled to find her voice in the band’s often boisterous, hairy-chested performances. Nervous no longer, Jadea has taken takes her soft spoken demeanour and turned it into the quiet confidence of an artist who now bleeds self-assurance (although not literally, I’m sure).

“Never Coming Back” is the lead track off of Eastbound Platform and features a uniquely groove-laden take on a traditional country rock track. On top of Jadea’s stated vocal performance, make note of the interplay between the bass’s walking plod and shifting guitar lines, all of which climax in the tracks’ wind-swept refrain. Listen to the track below.

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Written and accompanied by Jack Marks, another local country standout, “Hazel” is a piano and guitar driven downer laced with Marks’ traditional brand of whiskey soaked heartbreak. On it, the chemistry between Marks and Kelly is as evident as it is in Marks’ live shows, which often feature impromptu guest appearances from Kelly, who sings with Marks on “So Hard”, quite possibly his strongest track.

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Tyler
05.13.10
three track of the day postings for me and three country tinged ones at that.

i don't have an agenda though i swear

Tyler
05.13.10
Surprised more PTH fanboys haven't checked this out yet...

Athom
05.13.10
This is really good.

Tyler
05.13.10
She's a really unique singer because of how humble and soft she comes off, even when she's belting it out. There's a great example of this in YouTube where she covers "No Diggity" really, really well with plenty of swagger and then really nervously thanks the crowd.

theacademy
05.13.10
KEZIA! going to listen now!

theacademy
05.13.10
i liked it, will download/listen more later. this is pretty much how i got into lisa miskovsky...

Tyler
05.14.10
It's worth buying if you dig it. These are the two styles that float throughout the album. I'll put up a review tomorrow probably.

Aids
07.10.10
These songs are awesome. Looking for a download link but not doing so well at the moment.....

Tyler
07.12.10
Good. Buy it.

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