Todd "Toddstar" Jolicoeur CD REVIEW: KLEAR - Eyes Wide Open 8.5/10

This CD was unexpected and came along with another disc I ordered from Lions Pride - and I am really glad it did!  This disc is full of some very cool rock, swirled with a blues sensibility at times and tons of great riffs, vocals, and cadence.  Opener "Best Of Me" delivers with chugging riffs and bluesy vocals that carry the tune (and a lot of the disc).  The tempo is solid and well supported by the rhythm section, with the drums and bass each taking turns shining in the mix.  "Don't Know Where I'm Going Yet" starts off with a thumping bottom end thanks to the bass lines, but soon a melodic guitar swirls in and joins the fray.  Once the smoky vocals kick in, this track takes on a cool rock vibe that weaves itself into the song.  "All On Me" opens with a cool acoustic guitar that is accompanied by drums that have a stripped back sound.  Once the chorus arrives, the song gets a little push, but remains in a cool acoustic rock vibe, even when electric guitar solos are thrown onto the bridge.

 

Title track "Eyes Wide Open" brings more blues guitar to the mix with a rock vibe.  The vocals combine nicely with the rest of the musical components, but the layered background vocals at the chorus add depth to the song.  The guitars and keyboards / organ work together to deliver a smooth rock groove that gets the foot tapping.  "Long Way Down" is another acoustically styled track that benefits from added punch at the chorus.  The song gets a lift from the swirl of keyboards and guitar that drive the track while the bass and drums keep the song from running away with itself.  "Restless" is a gem that has a catchy vocal and simple guitars that thicken when the rhythm section kicks in.  The chorus has a full sound thanks to the vocals, while the guitars ramp up the bridge with a cool solo.  This is a cool disc that will fit into most rock collections, including mine, quite nicely.

 

‚ÄčTracklisting: Best Of Me - Don't Know Where I'm Going Yet - Eyes Wide Open - All On Me - Long Way Down - Restless

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KLEAR GOES INTERNATIONAL

Lions Pride Music

Klear's long awaited EP, Eyes Wide Open, are available for purchasing on the 4th April. The band plays straight forward classic rock and are one of New Yorks best kept secrets musically. The band had the'r first big release, Makin' Noize, some 11 years ago on Good Charamel Records, which was run and owned by the Goo Goo Doll's bassist Robby Takac. Now the band is ready to take on the rest of the world, with their brand new EP, Eyes Wide Open, so don't miss out on it and be a part of the movement to break this band into the international scene. The EP can be purchased for 10 USD and that includes shipment and handling worldwide thru paypal by sending payment to info@lionspridemusic.com the EP will also be available for ordering thru  www.musicbuymail.com, www.anstemusic.com and www.nehrecords.com


"Eyes Wide Open" Officially Released

Finally here...new music from KLEAR!!!

We are so excited to announce a brand new Klear record being released on March 31,2015 with all of the original line-up: Denny Pelczynski ,Fred Shafer, Bruce Wojick, Leo McDonald, And Dan DeLano. 


"Eyes Wide Open" includes 5 new studio tracks and 5 unreleased gems!


Highlighting the "A few for the road" material is Klear's 2004 rendition of Bryan Adam's HIT "Cut's Like a Knife", which was recorded by Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls.  This studio recording was done for a compilation CD, but never released.  Additonal tracks include LIVE recordings from CBGB (NYC), Darien Lake (opening for Goo Goo Dolls), and the Viper Room (Hollywood CA.) 


NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES - let us know what you think...