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September 24, 2005

Kaedee by Kaedee

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Three piece band hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania band with a tendency to stray into noodling guitar passages. The singer Steve Mousseau has quite an authentic voice in the Eddie Vedder, Dave Matthews and Jim Morrison mould, the songs benefit from his vocal delivery. The eight songs were recorded live in the studio over 10-12 hours which gives an unpolished and welcome edge to the music. Guitarist Chris Mercer uses space in-between the guitar parts effectively, letting the instruments breathe with some minor effects adding some spacey vibe, as ‘Movement 2 (The Escape’) demonstrates. Opener ‘Beg and Borrow’ is a driven rocker with bellowing vocals and chiming chords dropped into place. Getting progressively more intense as the song develops, it’s a fine introduction to Kaedee. To display the band has some diversity, ‘The Vision’ is underpins by Rich Breazanno’s drums, showing this band are a collective unit. The production values are just about held together as Mousseau howls out the key line “getting it right” halfway through.

Over the course of the self-titled album, the debt to classic rock is obvious. No modern day gimmicks or flavour of the month trends are applied, the songs are straight forward and passionate. Bands like Free and The Doors have performed this type of music decades before, yet Kaedee exude enough sincerity to make the listener believe that the band believe in their own music. However, there are times when Kaedee go forth and expand on their jams, with three of the songs exceeding the 7 minute mark. Over this length of time, as on ‘The Cetacean Glyph’, there are enough musical ideas to retain attention with a locked in groove half way through.

Amongst the positives, the main criticism is lack of diversity over a full album with songs not differing too greatly from each other. The same mood is applied to all the songs but that’s just nitpicking. Overall, an impressive release with the same thirst for exploring structural boundaries as Dave Matthews Band before them.

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