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Corbin Keep

"Call of the Wild Cello" CD


Genres: folk, rock

Corbin Keep
Y-11 Bowen Island, BC
V0N 1G0 Canada

Apr 19 - 25 2004

Corbin Keep is a cellist - a wild one, at that - and he loves playing his own brand of weird, cello-based alternative pop.  He's frequently goofy and off-beat, combining rock-themed melodies with cello kookiness and a Yankovic-esque touch for bizarre humour.

From a songwriting perspective, there's no doubt that Corbin's melodic sense is impeccable.  These songs are drenched in hooks, and though often they may be victims of their own inoffensive nature, an open-minded listener should encounter no problems enjoying them.  My major concern is that Keep sometimes relies too much on uninteresting, repeated melodies.  "Pulse of the Forest," for example, is an amazingly catchy tune - possibly the album's best - but it seems to go on for a bit longer than it needs to.  "Aliens," on the other hand, is quite varied - it's a bouncy, infectious number that throws in elements on the X-Files theme for added effect.

While Call of the Wild Cello isn't an amazing album, it is certainly an enjoyably playful and catchy one.  If you're into pop with an unconventional angle, Corbin Keep may be perfect for you.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 9 tracks, distributed by the artist, released 2003]