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The newest release from Robert Earl Keen, Gravitational Forces, is a step back to where Keen started out. Keen is now mostly known for the frat buds and the young rambunctious college folk who have grasped his music as the new dawn for country, but in the end, Keen is just a folk singer looking for his niche.
This niche is where he started out, in the coffee houses and places like Houston's Anderson Fair, which is a breeding ground for quality singer/songwriters. Keen is a talented man who writes some timeless songs that will find their way through the trials of time to be enjoyed by many folks in the future.
The album begins with a well picked cover song, 'My Home Ain't In The Hall Of Fame.' This song gets the album rolling well. Keen has never had the sweetest singing voice in the world, and sometimes he tries to get the twang going a bit too much, but in the end, his voice does his songs the justice no other voice would. This is especially true on 'Hello New Orleans.' This is a well-written song of moving on after lost love.
The album flows smoothly and the songs all seem to melt into one another so that you are able to relax and find comfort in the melodies. There are some great songs to dance to on this album as well as songs to drink to. 'Walkin' Cane' will definitely get people dancing around to room.
Keen has really done well for himself on this release. It should go down as his most complete and solid effort to date. It even contains a studio version of his infamous track, 'The Road Goes On Forever.' Gravitational Forces is definitely something you would enjoy picking up and listening to...many times.
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