Keith Lubrant - Searching For Signal
Keith LuBrant is a New Jersey based singer/songwriter who likes to stick to the pop territory. His music is mostly guitar driven and when all is said and done, quite lush as well with the arrangements he chooses. Searching For Signal is Keith's follow up to 2001's Face In The Crowd. One thing that drew me to reviewing this album is the inclusion of Pete Donnelly (The Figgs) playing bass on several tracks.
This is my first exposure to LuBrant and for someone doing the Matthew Sweet thing, playing almost all instruments, he does a pretty decent job. Now, I'm not completely sold on the album. It does come off fairly generic. Keith does write decent pop hooks but take a song like 'Easier'. I can't help but feel like it's a little bland. But this is probably my biggest beef. The album opens up with the title track that is quite a large track. Best track though is the moody and dynamic "This Time Around". It screams to be played on the radio.
I don't know if it's the mastering or production in general but the recording seemed to lack a bit of sheen that would make LuBrant's songs pop a little more. They are good songs, solid songs, now Keith just needs to get the production down. I'll be watching for where he goes from here.
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