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Kevin Daniel Kevin Daniel
Album: Things I Don't See
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 11

It was the tragic loss of his mother and stepfather in a plane crash back in the winter of 2013 that pushed Americana singer songwriter Kevin Daniel to turn to music full time.

Two EPs followed with enthusiastic response and now we have his 11-song debut album.

The Brooklyn-based artist has delivered 11 songs that cover the depth of emotions in a beautiful package.

Songs are produced with clear vocals, rock and roll horns, swirling organ and pedal steel guitars but the production throughout is precise not over-fussy. The immersive sound is engaging and coolly crafted.

The opening track City That Saves is a great introduction. Clear vocals, booming drums, sliding guitar, backing vocals and brass bring it all to life.

The use of brass is an interesting addition that lifts the album above the usual guitar and voice Americana packages, such as in Feelin' Good.

The alt-country feel of Used to Be with its organ, and overdriven guitar, are a great backbone for the vocals.

The title song deals with the tragic crash that took his parents' lives. It has a somewhat Neil Young and Crazy Horse vibe and is a beautiful tribute, with delicate guitar, bass and drums and harmonies.

Pour Me A Drink shows his more soulful side - a slow burner with piano and pedal steel duelling with some lovely slide guitar. One of the album's highlights.

For a more traditional bluegrass feel, we have Name of Fame, with fiddle and guitar and great vocals.

Time to Rise is more simpler, with its acoustic guitar and singer format, it's a song that grows nicely with a neat change of pace and harmonies.

With its Johnny Cash-style booming bass and pedal steel guitar, the final track All I Need , is a great toe-tapping finale.

This is an excellent Americana album, with great songs, great production and great musicians. Loved it.

John Knighton