Over the years we’ve seen rock & hard rock slowly erode into over-commercialized, corporate puppet shows providing music that is extremely sing songy, predictable, popish & highly corporate. I hereby call this new breed of music “Poser Rock” & I want to personally thank all the corporate giants for successfully transforming “Sex Drugs & Rock n Roll” into “Yoga, Vitamins, & Nikelback” Of course millions of musical lemmings don’t know the difference, but not everyone is amused. Talking to many music fans out there the response is overwhelming. Give me something new, something raw, something that’s pushes the envelope with a fresh sound that doesn’t leave it soul at the door. Something that doesn’t sound like Nikelback, Daughtry or Lifehouse.
So across my desk slides the new CD by San Francisco’s own Kyle Alden entitled “Hello Again Kind Stranger.” What I heard put a smile on my face. It’s a nice easy flowing record that delivers solid songwriting with a nice rock feel. Alden reminds me of a modern day Eagles, with maybe a hint of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. You will also hear a side of Rhythm & Blues, Americana & Classic Rock & even Pop. If you like the above bands you should definitely check out this CD. My favorite track is probably “How Long” CD is available on CD BABY & can be downloaded on I — Tunes.
“Hello Again Kind Stranger” by Kyle Alden is clearly a solid release with many feel good rock grooves with a pleasant rock driven guitar sound that is a pleasure to listen to. It’s a record that gives us a fresh glimpse at an amazing artist & takes us back a few years — before everything started sounding like — well Nikelback.
By: Kevin Huber[Rating: 4/5]