KEEP ON

Label
Perect.Wav
Release date
6 Dec 2006
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
41:49

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Keep It Clean 2:38 10
2 Happiness Is Like a Kiss 2:09 1
3 Is There Any Reason 3:40 2
4 Birthday of Your Love Affair 2:25 3
5 Today's the Day 2:37 1
6 May I Have This Dance 2:54 3
7 A Little Piece Inside of Me 3:08 5
8 I Found You 3:41 1
9 The Mark of Rebellion 2:52 0
10 Another Chapter 3:30 0
11 Pink Balloons 2:23 0
12 Thoughts of You 3:14 0
13 Right This Wrong 3:59 1
14 State of Mind (with Lee Coulter) 2:39 0

About this album

“File the new CD from Mike McGill under beach-folk-pop.

Not to name names, but if someone were to ask me the question, ‘What does it sounds like as far as influences go?’ I’d say, ‘Equal parts Jimmy Buffet, Jack Johnson, and Don McLean’s ÔVincent’ mode.’ It works in a coffeehouse. It works at a beach bonfire.

This 14-track collection of music was primarily written on acoustic guitar and then built into the mix with supportive arrangements contributed by producer, multi-instrumentalist, and accompanist Lee Coulter, along with Jared Gianquito and Jim Woodruff.

This is a friendly, breezy-sounding work. The songs are good, well-written songs, which possess a charming quality to them by way of their gentleness and simplicity. The melodies are simple and right where they need to be, managing to maintain a sing-along quality. What’s most interesting here is the relationship between the writer and the producer in that the writing weaves between the moves of, say, the ’70s pop-folk thing and more current trends that are still being defined. The productions are really cool, sometimes leaning toward retro Ñ sometimes leaning forward Ñ sometimes combining both and always finding the perfect middle.

Lyrically speaking, you’ll find nuggets of light irony and humor, personal insights and experiences, doses of spirituality, a few good questions, and tender relationships. Thematically speaking, McGill sings along the lines of hope Ñ sort of an inspired ‘chin-up’ attitude, with a soundtrack evoking seagulls, salt air, five-knot southwesterly on-shore breezes, and the hush of soft surf at the green-flash moment of twilight. It is the CD’s common denominator, the thing that threads it together.

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