Genre: R&B, Americana, Folk, Rock

Sounds like: The Eagles, Neil Young

The Good Good writing & playing 

The Bad Nothing to report

The Ugly Nothing to Report

The Band 5 out of 5

The Music 4 out of 5

The Songs 4 out of 5

The Vibe 5 out of 5

The Production 3 out of 5

The Verdict 4 out of 5





The Artist I recently checked out the latest CD from San Francisco's own Kyle Alden entitled Hello Again Kind Strange released in 2010.


The band Alden brings to the table many impressive session players & sings & plays guitar. I would say Alden & his band possess above average to advanced playing abilities with respect to this genera. You will find many impressive chops along the way. Timing is spot on within the genera. Alden can hold his own on vocals & will remind you of Don Henley (Eagles) & classic Neil Young. More importantly he just let's it all hang out musically & is not trying to be anybody but himself. Vocals from Alden are executed perfectly, & in many ways the strongpoint part of the production. He also plays guitar well  & wrote all the music. The music possesses a classic Classic Rock, Folk, 70's Rock aftertaste. All in all great music to play at a beach party. The songs Simply put - all songs are incredible. There’s nothing like a solid musical production to get wrapped around – & this is one of them. I kept waiting for a weak song to come down the pike - I eventually gave up on that. The vibe Overall very upbeat, positive music. I get the impression Alden  & company had a whole lot of fun making this record. The production a solid sounding production. Alden & company make their point with crystal clarity. The good Honorable mentions go out to the amazing "good vibe" feel you get from the production. Like a drug this CD sucks you in. Folks out there who enjoy all the above mentioned bands will fall head over heals over Kyle Alden. The bad Nothing to report. The ugly Nothing to report.


The verdict Hello Again Kind Stranger by Kyle Alden has everything: good playing, fun songs, amazing vocals & harmonies, & music that covers all the bases – Rock, Folk, & classic R&B. The Bottom Line Kyle Alden has star quality & is a force to be reckoned with musically - & because of that Hello Again Kind Strange is a just a blast to listen to.


Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic





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