TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Review: 5-year wait for new music finally over for Keaton Simons' fans

Friday, May 3, 2013, 8:56 p.m.
 

‘Beautiful Pain'

Keaton Simons (Best Revenge)

★★★½

After hearing the 2008 “Can You Hear Me” debut from West Coast pop/rocker Keaton Simons, I was convinced he was a star in the making. His radio-ready sound seemed geared to mainstream audiences, yet there was enough of an edge to maintain some street cred. Since then, however, we've heard nothing from Simons. Sure, he's toured extensively and had songs featured in a handful of films and television series, but the solid if unspectacular “Beautiful Pain” is an album that took five years to make.

It's a very good record, and Simons has fine-tuned his skills as a singer and songwriter on the 13-track platter. “Thrill of It All” is a mid-tempo keeper, and Simons surprises with raucous rocker “The Medicine” before settling in. Additional standouts include the title track, “Hearts Don't Break Themselves,” “Other Side” and “Inspiration.” Here's hoping he won't wait so long for album No. 3.

Jeffrey Sisk is an editor for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-6649161 ext. 1952, or jsisk@tribweb.com.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read McKeesport

  1. Munhall council president says layoffs possible
  2. Judge gives Elizabeth Township Authority 3 weeks to decide lawyer fees
  3. Surprise jump in students forces hiring at Elizabeth Forward schools
  4. Traffic accident, weather problems cause Mon-Yough roads to close
  5. Glassport council moves forward with police station; councilman resigns
  6. South Allegheny directors approve purchase of 120 Chromebooks
  7. West Mifflin may demolish fire-damaged home
  8. Elizabeth Forward district’s school support staff OKs 3-year contract
  9. Munhall police continue drug crackdown
  10. White Oak school starts foreign language academy program
  11. Former Elizabeth Forward custodian’s attorney denies allegations
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.