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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
This repackaged version of Josh Kelley's enjoyable debut, For the Ride Home, includes a bonus disc with two new songs and acoustic versions of the original album's singles. For his part, Kelley can't outrun the sensitive, Southern, and delightfully disheveled singer/songwriter comparisons -- the young Mississippian's in line behind John Mayer at Dave Matthews' bar. Like those guys, Kelley counts producer John Alagía Mayer's Room for Squares, Matthews' Crash in his corner. He also sports a similar flair for phrasing and first-person confession, especially on Ride Home's "Angeles" and "Travelin." Kelley's sound can tend toward the bland -- "I Saw You" is like a highway exit...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
This repackaged version of Josh Kelley's enjoyable debut, For the Ride Home, includes a bonus disc with two new songs and acoustic versions of the original album's singles. For his part, Kelley can't outrun the sensitive, Southern, and delightfully disheveled singer/songwriter comparisons -- the young Mississippian's in line behind John Mayer at Dave Matthews' bar. Like those guys, Kelley counts producer John Alagía Mayer's Room for Squares, Matthews' Crash in his corner. He also sports a similar flair for phrasing and first-person confession, especially on Ride Home's "Angeles" and "Travelin." Kelley's sound can tend toward the bland -- "I Saw You" is like a highway exit with 14 enticing yet utterly homogenous fast-food offerings. However, dollops of Kelley's homespun charm do keep things interesting enough. Opener and lead single "Amazing" is an upbeat, dizzy number warmed by Kelley's husky, expressive vocals and an organ solo; the song's similarity to Jason Mraz's "Remedy I Won't Worry" isn't surprising -- Alagía produced that one, too. But that's all right. For the Ride Home ends up succeeding for some of the same reasons Mraz and Mayer did -- like them, Kelley has a disheveled friendliness that's hard to resist. He's a top-shelf road-trip conversationalist, looks great in a wrinkled oxford, and settles comfortably somewhere between sensitive and upbeat. His five o'clock shadow never gets to ten, and he's looking at you with amusement over the lip of his coffee mug. While lighthearted material like "Perfect 10" and the single are pleasing enough, it's actually the quieter material that's most promising here. "Amen" is an elegiac number that suggests, well, Seal, while the arrangement for emotional standout "Home to Me" is wisely pared down to Kelley's faintly cracking vocal, an acoustic guitar, and a pretty wash of atmospherics. As for the bonus disc, "Solid Ground" might be the better of the two new songs -- its smooth phrasing, classic structure, and tastefully warm instrumentation are reminiscent of underrated Irishmen Del Amitri. The acoustic material is strong too; "Small Town Boy" features a subtly gorgeous supporting harmony, and "Amazing" proves equally addicting in a rollicking front-porch state. Cool piano solo, too.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 720616244024
  • Catalog Number: 162440
  • Sales rank: 368,761

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Amazing (3:46)
  2. 2 Everybody Wants You (3:58)
  3. 3 Travelin (3:02)
  4. 4 Old Time Memory (4:19)
  5. 5 Home to Me (4:44)
  6. 6 Angeles (3:31)
  7. 7 I Saw You (2:57)
  8. 8 Small Town Boy (3:15)
  9. 9 Faces (4:16)
  10. 10 Follow You (4:00)
  11. 11 Perfect 10 (3:30)
  12. 12 Amen (4:28)
  13. 13 Pokerface (4:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dying Man (3:56)
  2. 2 Solid Ground (2:55)
  3. 3 Small Town Boy (3:14)
  4. 4 Amazing (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Josh Kelley Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping, fender rhodes, kabassa, Wurlitzer
Michael Andrews Ukulele, Lap Steel Guitar
John Alagia Synthesizer, Guitar, Accordion, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Bells, Sampling, Ebo, Vibes, Shaker, Toy Piano
Tom Freund Bass
Ben Peeler Synthesizer, Banjo, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Dave Yaden Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond Organ, Clavinet, Wurlitzer
Matt Johnson Drums
Technical Credits
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Eddie Miller Engineer
John Alagia Producer
Mark Jackson Producer, Engineer
Jeff Juliano Engineer
Peter Harding Digital Editing
Josh Kelley Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    love it

    This cd is well worth the investment. It's a cd you can just drive around in the car and listen to over and over. His sound is wonderful, but yet so different at the same time, all on the same cd. his voice is amazing, and this is a well written cd, especially for his first one. I can't wait for his new cd to come out. I will be first in line to get it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    Being a lover of the Gavin DeGraw and John Mayer sounds I figured that Josh Kelley would be a carbon copy! After listening to his intense words and vying emotions that inhabit all of his songs I was misteken. He has made a strong album with each song setting the scene for the next. His vocals are strong and he really impressed me, and continue to impress me each time I listen to the CD. It had been on repeat on my IPod for a week now and has not gotten old. This is a must buy and will not leave you disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Josh is great and getting better!

    Josh Kelley has a great sound that has gotten even better. I have listened to this album since its release and love it because it has a variety of mellow songs and those you can move to. I cannot wait for his new album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Josh is good!!!!

    I really fell in love with this CD. I think he is great. Popular or not...the CD is still awesome. My personal favorite is Everybody wants you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD has been on constant replay for weeks

    Never before have fallen in love with a CD quite like this. Josh Kelley's lyrics on this album hit home to me and explain exactly where I am in my life right now. If you like John Mayer, you'll be sure to like Josh Kelley, although his style is different enough to be refreshing. BUY THIS CD! I think Josh Kelley will be a huge hit once people catch on.

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