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Keith Harkin

Keith Harkin

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Irish crooner Keith Harkin makes his solo debut with his 2012 eponymous album. A member of the all-male variety show Celtic Thunder, Harkin has showcased his laid-back vocal style across the globe, and his debut release fits well into the show's template. While he is a singer/songwriter in his own right, here Harkin focuses primarily on cover songs that make the most of his naturally burnished vocal twang and romantic surfer-dude persona. These are slick, expertly produced songs that walk a fine line between adult contempo, modern country, and Celtic-inspired pop music, with an obvious emphasis on 2010s-style radio-friendly production. Such cuts as Harkin's duet with Colbie Caillat on Van Morrison's "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You," his reverent take on the Fred Neil-penned Harry Nilsson classic "Everybody's Talkin'," and especially his rambling version of the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" should appeal to fans of current Top 40. Often compared to the similarly mellow Jack Johnson, Harkin's own compositions, like the lighthearted "Orange Moon" and the uplifting "Take It Away Boys," actually have a bit more of a country vibe, and in that sense bring to mind the crossover stylings of artists like Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum. Ultimately, Harkin has a pleasant voice, and the easygoing quality of these productions makes for relaxing afternoon listening.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2012
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602537115488
catalogNumber: 001724702
Rank: 97283


  1. The End of the Innocence
  2. Daisy Fields
  3. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  4. Everybody's Talkin'
  5. Nothing But You & I
  6. Here Comes the Sun
  7. Tears of Hercules
  8. Orange Moon
  9. Take It Away Boys
  10. Don't Forget About Me
  11. Rosa
  12. The Heart of Saturday Night

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Harkin   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Foot Stomping,Knee Slaps
David Foster   Piano
Charlie Bisharat   Fiddle
Dean Parks   Guitar,Slide Guitar
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Chris Walden   Conductor
Colbie Caillat   Vocals
Jochem van der Saag   Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Bottle
Barry Kerr   Flute,uillean pipes
David Bakey   Guitar

Technical Credits

Fred Neil   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
Bruce Hornsby   Composer
Marc Jordan   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Jeremy Lubbock   Orchestral Arrangements
Van Morrison   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
William Ross   Orchestral Arrangements
Chris Walden   Orchestral Arrangements
Brian Byrne   Composer
Steve Sulikowski   Composer
Jorge Vivo   Engineer
Stephan Moccio   Composer
Colbie Caillat   Duet
Keith Harkin   Composer
John Barrett   Pro-Tools
Johan Fransson   Composer
Tobias Lundgren   Composer
Jochem van der Saag   Composer,Programming,Engineer,Orchestral Arrangements,Sound Design
Steve Price   Engineer
Tim Larsson   Composer
Barry Kerr   Whistle
Don Hensley   Composer

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