Single Review: Gabriel Kelley: When is Enough Enough
Gabriel Kelley’s “When is Enough Enough,” off his soon to be released album, “It Don’t Come Easy” is one of those magical tracks that can convert anyone to the genre.
With the soft piano track in the background, the song has an Elton John “Rocket Man” feel to it early on. Kelley’s voice is a bit different from Sir Elton’s, but like any great folk singer, he bleeds in this song. The emotional lyrics and passionate crooning make for a sad song you can’t help but listen to repeatedly.
It’s way too easy to get lost in his voice and the words. From first look, with his Chewbacca-esque beard, you think he’ll sound like a gruff Doug Paisley, but soft and warm, his voice astonishes. Easily relate-able, Kelley sings about the harder times in life that sometimes just don’t stop. This is a song that everyone can pick a moment in time where they felt similarly.
But there’s so much more to this song than the lyrics. The music, just like the lyrics, is beautiful. It’s also multi-layered and intelligently composed. The orchestral accompaniment after the first verse fills out the sound, while Kelley’s harmonica playing towards the end of the track gives the song the folk flair it needs.
Thought folk music was dead? You may have just met folk music’s newest rising star.
Listen to the song below:
Patrick Hickey Jr.
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