TRACK REVIEW: Chris Kelly – Better Days | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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A soft-hearted ode to moving forwards into brighter times by singer-songwriter Chris Kelly – although decidedly optimistic in its hope-tinged tunes, lyrics and backbeat-stabbing guitar, there is something bittersweet and perhaps sadly nostalgic hidden away underneath. The emotion involved in the track’s composition is almost more audible than any single part of it in isolation – this is championed by the moment the song breaks into the chorus like a heavy but relieved sigh.

Kelly has been gigging and recording now for almost a decade, and has played as a solo artist since 2016, with an ever-expanding back catalogue since then. His greatest influences are clearly heard in this latest single: a Traveling Wilburys palette applied to a Sam Fender-esque canvas.

 

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