Jadea Kelly
Eastbound Platform


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
May 17th, 2010 | 14 replies | 8,220 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The voice of Kezia puts on her shitkickers and churns out a promising, catchy blend of folk and country.

Most who'll stumble upon this review will perhaps best recognize Jadea Kelly as the voice of Kezia on Protest the Hero's 2005 release of the same name, but anyone who frequents Toronto bars such as the Dakota Tavern or the Cameron House will also know her as a key cog in the ever-growing folk and country scenes currently--if quietly--expanding across the city. Eastbound Platform, Kelly's second album, is a testament to the scene's prominence and proficiency; on it, Kelly enlists the help of a venerable who's-who of Toronto roots musicians to help establish her evolution as a vocalist and
songwriter.

Eastbound Platform succeeds as much because of its communal approach as it does in spite of it, as Kelly leans on her contemporaries without relying on them as a crutch. Even on “Hazel” or “The Sound--written by Jack Marks and Justin Rutledge/David Baxter respectively--Kelly uses her quiet confidence and unique delivery to make every word her own. “Heavy Heart” wouldn't be the best song on the album were its soulful, bluesy southern stomp not accompanied a haunting contingency of backing vocalists, but it's compliments survive by Kelly's own talents as a performer; they highlight her talents rather than overshadowing them. On Eastbound Platform, Kelly's successes are her own. By the same accord, its failures--of which there are a few--are her own as well. While Kelly's charisma does at times remind me of a young Regina Spektor (in shitkickers), it sounds at times like she might be playing it safe. There isn't a weak track to be found on Eastbound Platform, but tracks like “Elevator” and “All Wrong” have a tendency to coast before and after their main hooks and on the latter of the two Kelly's increasingly wailing vocals do risk becoming a little grating.

While balancing Kelly's poppier sensibilities with her country and folk roots is a task that will grow increasingly difficult with each albums, Eastbound Platform is one hell of a good start. Catherine MacLellan and Kathleen Edwards might want to start looking over their shoulders, as Eastbound Platform has established Jadea Kelly as one of Canada's premiere up-and-comers.



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Tyler
Emeritus
May 17th 2010



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Had a pretty hard time writing about this for some reason. It's somewhere between a 3.5 and a 4, but I figured I'd give it the benefit of a doubt and round up.

And yeah, it's cheap of me to mention Kezia in the summary (and intro) but I do what I can to get people to read what they otherwise might not.

You can hear "Hazel" and "Never Coming Back" here: http://sputnikmusic.com/blog/?p=1735

DrunkBishyBoshy
May 17th 2010



78 Comments


To be honest it was the "Regina Spektor in shitkickers" reference that caught my eye! Sounds like l might have to give this a spin.

Also, in the last paragraph should it say "start looking over their shoulders"?

Nice write-up, very persuasive!

Piglet
May 17th 2010



4653 Comments


Nice, easy read.

dcha
May 17th 2010



990 Comments


Is that The Brain? Where is Pinky?

Hoopy
May 17th 2010



15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Perfect summer music!!

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
May 17th 2010



28387 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

RESURRECTED TO BE KILLED...

Digging: Kimbra - The Golden Echo

Tyler
Emeritus
May 17th 2010



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fixed that missing word thanks for pointing it out

BallsToTheWall
May 17th 2010



44164 Comments


Missingo.

Good review, sounds like something i'd like.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 17th 2010



23801 Comments


Excellent avatar Tyler. This sounds interesting, I think I'll check it out for sure.

Klekticist
May 17th 2010



1259 Comments


kewl. may check out...

jrowa001
May 17th 2010



8750 Comments


nice review. i will check this out, seems like i would probably like it

bbbqqq
May 17th 2010



8 Comments


woa a blend of folk AND country fuck it im downloading this

Tyler
Emeritus
May 17th 2010



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

whoa sarcasm on the internet

bbbqqq
May 17th 2010



8 Comments


write areviwe about it haha! :lol:



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