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Monday 23 May 2022

Keegan - Daylight Robbery


Keegan are based in Cologne, although their lead singer, Ian Maxwell lives in Northern Ireland. The quartet offer up their sixth album and it is really rather good. It sounds a bit more Indie Melodic Rock than previous offerings, less Power Pop.

I'm reminded a lot of the UK New Wave of the late 70s, although there are lots in common with the Indie Bands that came through in the early 80s, particularly The Alarm, there are heavy ventures into 80s American AOR and even Brit Pop.

The New Wave is particularly excellent. Say It Sweet, which is great Power Pop and On Hold are great examples. Too Shy is a crackerjack of a song, a little more American sounding, but again great New Wave. How The Story Goes even sounds very UK Mr Big like.

If I Go Silent kicks off right in Cheap Trick territory before heading into great AOR. Northern Lights has a killer anthemic chorus, a little Glam in places. Out Of Control is a massive riff-a-thon with a Daltrey-esque vocal. It is a real get up and go affair.

You can imagine Mexico on some 80s Teen Movie and Keegan has far more in common with those great UK Pop Rock bands from the second half of the 70s. Daylight is beautifully produced and that just enhances the listen.

There are some great Riffs here and fine arrangements to be heard. It isn't that the material is that original, but so few are able to manage such a grown up album. A proper album with thought going into track order and material is something that most bands seem to be unable to manage these days. This is a top notch listen, thoroughly enjoyable.

You can listen to and buy the album here.


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