BRENDAN KELLY AND THE WANDERING BIRDS: Keep Walkin’ Pal: CD

All I can really say is… wow. I was a Lawrence Arms fan, but being unfamiliar with Brendan Kelly’s solo output so far, this isn’t exactly what I’d expected. Sure, it’s him alright, but this is a full-blown pop record. In an Americana, country, rock, electronic… way. Have I lost you yet? Good. Seriously, it’s all over the map, but somehow it works, in that I wouldn’t be surprised if I heard it on traditional mainstream radio. If you paired Lawrence Arms with more acoustic/country elements, electro pop add-ins, with even more humour than Lawrence Arms records, this would be the result. It honestly sounds a lot like the Supersuckers at times, at least lyrically/vocally. I’m not sure if he’s touring on this (I imagine so), but it’d be interesting to see how he’d pull this off live. If you’re a Larry Arms fan, you need to hear this. –Steve Adamyk (Red Scare, redscare.com)