Kevin Max – ‘AWOL’ Album Review
4 Overall Score

Label:

Blind Thief Recordings

For Fans Of:

The Smiths, Duran Duran, The Cure

We Like:

“Prodigal (Run To You)”

Kevin Max – ‘AWOL’ Album Review

Ever since DC Talk took an intermission, Kevin Max flirted with many styles spanning straight up pop, electronic, traditional gospel, poetry and tons in between, but he’s rarely sounded closer to the ideal bullseye than he does throughout Awol. While the singer/songwriter was never afraid to wear influences from the English side of the ‘80s on his sleeve, this project finally indulges fully in that direction, while maintaining a multitude of contemporary flavors to frame those quivering, immediately recognizable vocals. Beyond the swirling electronics and atmospheric beats, Max excels as an observational and topical songwriter thanks to the “Prodigal (Run To You),” “Half Of The Better One,” “Cornucopia Of My Soul” and the title track’s reminder that “religion kills but Jesus saves” to name but a few of the many thought-provoking tunes.

—Andy Argyrakis

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About The Author

Andy Argyrakis
Contributing Editor

Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name a few). Additional photo credits include Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, MTV.com and Vibe.com. He’s also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel’s "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).

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