Mike Kelcey - Surrender

Published Sunday 15th July 2007
Mike Kelcey - Surrender
Mike Kelcey - Surrender

RATING 3 3 3
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 28194-12765
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Robin Thompson

My overall perception of this album of 13 self-penned songs is that it falls way short of the standards expected for any album released to the public. Northumberland-based Mike's monotonic vocals are not at all suited to most of what he sings and a lot of the lyrics are clumsy as demonstrated on the rather left field "Sung What I See". He is better suited to the more punk style stuff like Pink Fluffy Cushions but even here I have to question whether the dear brother is, quite bluntly, good enough. The electric guitars don't help either, being very fuzzy with no body or warmth and the drums sound like cardboard boxes. However, worthy of an honourable mention is the acoustic guitar sound which is excellent with a nice, bright but subtle tone. But over and over again any honest critic is left wincing at those poor vocals. Mr Kelcey clearly has something to communicate. But he doesn't have the singing ability to do so. On the whole, a sincere attempt but does not make the grade.

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Reader Comments

Posted by mike in cramlington @ 12:53 on May 25 2009

follow up cd in the post - very different! :-)

Posted by Emily in Winchester @ 21:36 on Apr 11 2009

I disagree with the comment at the very top. Mike obviously has a talent for music which god has given him, and he's using it to the full blates, i.e. basically doing the whole thing himself with a few other people here and there. Robin, you need to LIGHTEN UP!! Surely its a better thing that mike is producing christian music stuff to worship the amazing man upstairs, and surely sound quality comes second?? Isn't it the words and heart that comes first??
If you think this singing is bad...watch X-factor or Britains got talent during auditions...

Posted by mike in northumberland @ 11:36 on Jul 29 2008

cd number 3 should be ready by christmas. i've got the first 7 tracks done. a cleaner and more accoustic sound on most and a much lighter feel all over.

Posted by mike in northumberland @ 11:18 on Apr 25 2008

am doing some new stuff: check it out on youtube:

Posted by Pauly C in Where ever the read takes me @ 21:11 on Sep 18 2007

Having read teh reveiw and comments and have my own copy of SURRENDER, i am goin to have to say that since listing to the tracks adn teh whole album i am completly hooked and find you sayin the is just isnt good enough..well im my opiion wrong....before i go further i apoligiese for any spelling mistakes....But I even more disagree with you sayin sung what i see has clumsy lyrics..that is my favortie song on the whole album and i found that you ahve to really listen to understand what teh song is about and its a very very nice song.....other songs on the album are very catchy and i think that mikes voice suits the styles of songs in the album. His album shows all emotions and shows the artist to have a great talent and fantastic sense of humour...i would happily matched into HMV and buy this album and cant wait for the 3rd album to be realsesed....Thanks for some great songs mike

Pauly C

Posted by Robin Thompson in Hull @ 09:22 on Aug 7 2007

Hello Everyone

Felt I had to reply...

Firstly, it appears the people who like this album all know Mike. That's good. Keep encouraging him. But, I listen to a lot of music, and I mean A LOT, especially grassroots Christian music and my honest objective opinion is that this is not good enough.

I do applaud his courage. It's takes guts to do this sort of thing - I know from experience. But I have to counter that with what is an extremely high standard. It is one thing to record songs for your friends and churchmates and another to release them to the public. As soon as you do that, you are up against some real talent!

Sorry if you feel I swallowed a dictionary. When you write reviews, you dont have much space to play with so using one word instead of several is a must!

As for my people skills, if by that you mean being nice all the time, well, I'm sorry! I'm supposed to give my honest opinion. You can disagree if you wish - hey, thats what lifes about!

Anyway, I'm pleased to see this has ignited a debate! Blessings to you Mike. Thanks for having the guts to step out. I know your faith will be rewarded.

Posted by Mr. burt in Stoke-on-Trent @ 21:18 on Jul 20 2007

Surrender = camp

Nah, it's really is something to be proud of, there aren't enough people like Kelco out there and it's a breath of fresh air when I hear his music.

His 'Strange Things' demo he's recently recorded follows on from his previous effort in the same respect and the bald man continues to show glimpses, and more, of musical ability and an imagination with such a huge span.

Find a singer Mike, and just keep going...I don't care if I'm the only person your music inspires, just keep going.

:) = camp

Reply by mike in crammy @ 15:41 on Jul 25 2007

cheers burt. the strange things cds could be my magnum hopus! :)

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Posted by sarah in mk @ 18:31 on Jul 18 2007

A bit harsh Robin. "Pink fluffy cushions" is a hit in our house too!

Reply by mike in northumberland @ 11:47 on Jul 20 2007

cheers sarah.
thought you might have something more witty to say ;-)

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Posted by ginger bird mk in mk???? @ 12:53 on Jul 18 2007

I think Robin needs to take into account that at least "Mr Kelcey" has the courage to put his words and voice out there. You quite clearly have swallowed a dictionary shame your not so good on the people skills!!! agree with samantha and naomi pink fluffy cushions rocks!!

Posted by kim in newcastle @ 12:14 on Jul 18 2007

well....i like it
try it out folks!

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