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A new band from Louisiana, Kingdom are described in their own biography as a Progressive Rock band, but some people may be put off by the 'prog' tag, so I want to point out straight away that while there is the occasional progressive wandering during some of the musical passages, these are few and far between, and the bulk of the album is very instant. Kingdom also describe themselves as being in the style of Kansas, Styx and Led Zeppelin, which is bang on the money as elements of all three bands can be found within.

Though the production isn't the greatest (at times it sounds like it was recorded in a paper bag), the musicianship cannot be faulted, particularly that of guitarist and songwriter Kim Roy and keyboardist Jacques LePretre. Vocals are provided by Baton Rouge's Kelly Keeling. Now after Keeling's shambolic display at Firefest X it's hard to be too objective about the singer, but to be fair he demonstrates what we know he is capable of with a credible performance here, albeit in his own slightly erratic style.

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Musically the album stays pretty mid-tempo throughout, though there is still enough melody in the songs to keep things interesting. Opener 'One Thing', 'Could It Be You' and 'Just A Soul' are where you hear the biggest Led Zep influences, all three tracks built around swaggering riffs. 'Something Great', 'Any Chance', 'Never Thought' and 'Because Of You' are more melodic and meandering laid-back numbers with more expansive arrangements. It's only the jaunty and slightly Rod Stewart sounding 'I'll Wait' that doesn't float this particular reviewers boat – that and the fact that out of thirteen tracks, three are short instrumentals and two are simple reprises that add little to what has gone before. These gripes aside, 'Just A Soul' is worth investigating.

Ant Heeks

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