In 1984 a six-song platter of pop perfection titled Places That Are Gone (Dolphin) put Tommy Keene onto the CMJ charts and atop the Village Voice EP of the Year poll. Looking back, it's easy to forget what an audacious piece of work the record was. Blatantly romantic, unapologetically melodic, bittersweet but absolutely invigorating, Places That Are Gone was the sort of record that you could put on before you went out on a Saturday night, or sit around and mope to if you didn't feel like facing the world. It still stands as one of Keene's most powerful statements, and it has held up remarkably well over the years....
In 1996, Keene released Ten Years After (Matador), his first full-length album of all-new material in seven years. Produced by Keene and recorded by pop music wunderkind Adam Schmitt, the album contains classic pop hooks and the loudest guitars to date. The album probably comes closest to the sound of a live Tommy Keene show, which, if you've never seen one, can be a pretty thunderous affair. Apart from rockers like Going Out Again, Compromise and Turning On Blue, the album also contains the lovely Silent Town (dig the tremolo guitar solo at the end) and the country swing (sort of) of You Can't Wait for Time. If Ten Years After revealed that Keene had stored up a lot of creative energy in the 49 dog years between full length LPs, his next effort, Isolation Party (Matador), showed that he could do just as well if not better on much shorter notice. (Tommy Keene website)
This is the sound of his show.
Call On Me / Going Out Again / Turning On Blue / Astronomy-Alive / Your Heart Beats Alone / On The Runway / Nothing Can Change You / Silent Town / Good Thing Going / Back To Zero / Compromise / Love Is A Dangerous Thing / Places That Are Gone
Tommy Keene - Underground Cafe Hartford
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