BLACK – Jed McConkey & Tony Floyd Kenna. Reviewed by Wayne Gilroy.

Tony Floyd Kenna | July 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

BLACK

Jed McConkey &

Tony Floyd Kenna.

Reviewed by Wayne Gilroy.

The Black Album, a 5 song EP produced and performed by Jed McConkey and written by Jed and Tony Floyd Kenna.
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The fourth song ‘Furnace Of Life’ is a stand out song on this EP, at 6 minutes 35 seconds long you’d normally think, too long, with this song that’s not the case. A soothing melody which also has a deep underbelly to it in its story. “The human condition to try and survive”, focussing on human nature and the instincts inside us, “aggression mixed with passion”, “we push and we shove just to get out alive” the rat race that we unwillingly created for ourselves that has enslaved us. Its an easy listening driving song which the lead guitar threatens to blow wide open but is kept well on the leash and used to great affect along with the well placed female backing vocals performed hauntingly by Hetty Bryce-Lane. The harsh reality of life in the story of the song combined with the laid back vocals by Jed and the easy on the ears melody of the song make this song a top class piece of work, all involved can be proud of putting together a musical masterpiece.
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The fist song ‘After The Storm’ sets the tone of the album, perseverance, seperation, struggles in relationships, lost love. Its a good opener for the EP and catches your attention with its message and melody. “Days were dark nights were long,” the struggles of the couple, can we make it, should we try?
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‘I Can Only Dream’, an acoustic song is a song about lost love, a man who walks through the woods alone, lonely, yearning to be reunited with his lost love in the after life, the lead guitar fits in perfectly and is a sublime addition to the structure of the song. Johh Honstein adds a nice keyboard layer to further add to the overall other worldly effect.
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The title track Black is just that, a dark song about isolation, loneliness and fear. The person in the song lives in a dark world and only sees darkness, gripped by fear and the realisation of old age creeping in the person retreats and isolates himself from the dark world becoming even darker himself. The Gary Moore type guitar solo elevates the song from the dark story behind it and the melody keeps you listening.
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The final song on the album, Song For A New Day, is a break away from the pattern of the previous songs in its story. On the horizon is good news, with the dawn of the new day comes the expectation of hope and joy, there are better times ahead, today is the day they arrive.
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Overall its a very well written album, ‘Furnace of Life’ a big standout song with ‘After The Storm’ the second best song on the album, its an album that shouts, more !
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Wayne Gilroy.
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‘Black’ is available as a digital download at http://jedmcconkey.bandcamp.com/album/black-ep
You can see hear some of the tracks on Jed’s MT channel http://musicianstogether.com/user/jedmcconkey
Rumour has it that there are some limited edition physical CD copies floating around ….

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