Submitted by Raymond on 30 August 2012 - 7:42pm
What's it called?:
What does it sound like?:
Crafted middle-of-the-road pop music might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Kershaw’s melodic gift is such that these songs work their way into your head very quickly, then stay there. The current single ‘The sky’s the limit’ would be a huge hit if Take That recorded it, while ‘You’re the Best’ is reminiscent of Jellyfish in the way that it is built around a chorus so absurdly catchy that you think he must have stolen it from an old playground chant. ‘Stuff’, an observation on rabid consumerism, has echoes of Ray Davies, while ‘The Bell’ is a beautiful acoustic piece in which he describes the images he’ll have in his head when the Grim Reaper comes calling. Self-deprecating humour is never far away and ‘If I ever get like that’ is a jaunty little take on the notion of old pop stars on the comeback trail. If we lived in a world that could comfortably accommodate a singer in his fifties having hits, several of these tracks would have ‘single’ written all over them.
What does it all *mean*?:
That a pop star can evolve and grow older with dignity, grace and humour. Here’s an artist who has gone past the point of worrying about where his music fits in. He’s just writing lovely songs and enjoying life.
Goes well with …:
A late-night mug of cocoa. Or singing along in the car. Or thinking to yourself: ‘ooh, that’s a nice chord change’.
Might suit people who like …:
It would all sound good on Radio 2. If you like Crowded House when they focus on the melodic jugular, or if you like Aimee Mann but wish she would lighten up a bit, this might be up your street.