Sean Kennedy is the consummate love songwriter. Straying away from the commercial phrases that plague today’s love songs, he approaches it directly from the heart. Pink, valentine love. His songs will incite fantastic depths of emotion-just by his compositions and phrasing. This is his album celebrating that emotion that binds us all. This is Forever Us.
Opening the album with the title track-the mélange of strings and his soft voice will create the audiovisual cascade you’ll want to hear. His soothing voice is like a lullaby, the kind of music you play as you’re staring into each other’s eyes. Released as a single earlier this year, Memory brings back that reel of images and scenes with a pop rock core. From the vocal phrasing to the simple groove accompaniment, there is no doubt this would become your summer jam. The chorus is a hair-raising platter of melody, showcasing hid dynamic range and ability of writing skilfully.
A lot of love-one language
A title that has become synonymous with love- I Wish You Were Here features some creative rhythm sections. The production allows Sean Kennedy to be heard just in front of you. It is a rousing song, with gentle harmonies as well. The naive would call this cliché, while it truly is writing from the heart.
With this kind of lyricism, you can suppose Sean Kennedy looks at an enigmatic, elusive figure while writing. Whether it is true or not, he dwells in the intangibles-you could obsess about these things in anyone you love. Golden is a reflection of that. Acknowledging positivity and a magnanimous personality, he slides between genres that will amplify the feel of the song. Serene in that way, picks up a peppier, quicker tempo. You’ll be singing along to any of these songs in no time, the chorus is always a hook that floods your whole body with emotion. I could really picture many of these songs fitting the series Scrubs. Another series would be One Tree Hill, with Sean Kennedy bringing all the expression the scene needs with his powerful compositions.
Sean Kennedy with the Midas touch
It’s Alright brings that warm, fuzzy feeling of the first love all the way to the present. A much softer ballad styled track, the echoes resonate with the depth of the memories. October has a bluesy, country soul to it. Like a love letter to the month and the beauty it brings to his hometown-it is resplendent in imagery. Simple, effective songwriting that resides in an honest appreciation for what has made him.
4:24 brings an incident and call on focus for some deliberation. A groovier, rock swing on this is offset by Mine. The brilliance is in these things musicians let go for some reason. Living life through memories, which Sean Kennedy absolutely nails through his music.
As he tunes out with softer tracks like Love Lives On, synth heavy songs like Another Life keep the pulse buzzing. Sean Kennedy’s 4th full length album showcases that songwriting remains a coveted art form not many can conquer. For now, he sits on the throne of singer-songwriter kingdom-giving love to all like the universal emotion it is.