Keram â€“ Box / 2007 Self / 9 Tracks / www.keramsongs.com /
Individuals may know who Keram Malicki-Sanchez is, but perhaps not for the reason that one things. Sure, he has provided tracks for â€œUptown Girlsâ€, â€œBrokenâ€, and â€œHappy Campersâ€, but Keram is better known for the roles that he played on American History X, CSI, 24, ER, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. For individuals that keep up to date with the latest releases on YouTube, individuals may be familiar with his â€œRock Soupâ€. Regardless of how individuals know Keram, â€œBoxâ€ provides individuals with a great introduction to who Keram is and what he ultimately wants to do on this album. The disc starts out with â€œFascinatingâ€, a softly spoken rock track that blends together equal parts folk and â€œsinger in a coffee shopâ€ sound.
The guitar provides interesting harmonies on this track, but it is really the slightly gritty, dreamy vocals of Keram on the track that makes the disc shine at this early juncture. The same general style first broached during â€œFascinatingâ€ is continued during â€œDove Boneâ€. However, it is during â€œDove Boneâ€ that Keram takes on the vocal timber of a Billy Joel, which gives â€œBoxâ€ that much more of a timeless quality. The most interesting track on â€œBoxâ€ is â€œForget It, Kidâ€. It is during â€œForget It, Kidâ€ where Keram breaks free of the constraints of time signatures and what is normally expected from rock music to create a unique and compelling track.
The shuffling tone of the guitar hides some of the most complex arrangements heard from an acoustic, while the wispy style of Keramâ€™s vocals place the track on a whole new level. â€œIn The Mourningâ€ is another strong track, with Keramâ€™s vocals taking again a focal point. The harmonies achieved by Keram during this track are mated with a strung-out set of instrumentation that creates a sense of longing in anyone that listens in. Without a weak track to be had over the entirety of â€œBoxâ€, Keram has made what has to be one of the most compelling albums of this alast year. Any one of these 9 cuts could conceivably make it onto rotation; pick up a copy of this album and learn who Keram is before everyone else does. Â For fans of solid instrumental-lead rock, specifically that type of rock that lpays heavily with pop influences (such as Dave Matthews and John Mayer), â€œBoxâ€ is an album that has a high replay value and will speak to fans of all types.
Top Tracks: Amelia, Forget It, Kid