There’s an intimacy that resonates through Peter Kelly’s music, and from the first few notes of album opener “Live The Dream”, it’s easy to pick up on. His lyrics are heartfelt, honest, and in a move that’s quite rarely seen in music these days, positive and uplifting. Title track “Don’t Let Me Be Alone” keeps things upbeat, albeit with more of a country feel, so when things slow right down for the balladesque “Inside Out”, it might come as quite a shock to some, but, at the same time, it works as a strong demonstration of Kelly’s talents and how he refuses to be pigeon-holed into just focussing on just one style or genre.
The lyric “do your thing” in “Fear Of Landing” might find itself being tattooed on music fans everywhere in the coming months as Kelly ups the tempo once more, providing the listener with an almost anthemic reminder of how good it can be to be yourself – especially at a time when conformity seems to be everywhere. His most recent single “Like We Do” meanwhile literally beckons for fans to sing along to it – in their cars, in their bedrooms, wherever the mood makes them feel like it.
With a title like “Suicidal”, you might think the song itself would be quite monotone and depressing, but it’s completely the opposite, and therefore presents itself as the real stand out number on the collection. It’s toe-tapping rhythm and a lyrically simplistic chorus also makes it a contender for a possible future release. The same could also be said, in terms of it being a future single, of “Tailwind (It’s A Beautiful Day)" – a really fun, pop piece that’s hard to resist swaying and singing along to (go, on I dare you to try!)
It’s a little disappointing that “Twisted” doesn’t quite live up to the high standards of the tracks which have come before it, but that’s not to say that the song is bad, for it isn’t; it’s just much slower and a little less likely to be put on repeat. Things improve drastically with “Forever, Again”, while the simple melody of closing number “Maybe”, together with the stripped back instrumentation, gives Kelly one final chance to show the music world and those who give his work a listen just how gifted an artist he is, and it’s an opportunity to takes with both hands and firmly delivers upon.
Kelly has been compared to the likes of Bruce Springsteen, but I don’t entirely think such a comparison is just or fair. Whereas Springsteen sings for the masses, Kelly seems to prefer to focus on the individual listener, performing each number like he is doing so just for them. It’s a talent that few artists possess, but one that he does in spades.