Track Fix: Tom Keifer: Ask Me Yesterday

With heartfelt lyrics, smooth acoustic guitar work and a welcoming hook, Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer proves in “Ask Me Yesterday” that he knows what he’s got and it’s not gone.

With well-documented vocal chord problems over the past decade and a half, Keifer was expected by many to never sing again. Through hard work, a bevy of different vocal coaches and pure strength, Keifer is back. His new work is different from his iconic melodies in the ’80s, but it’s still rock solid. His voice sounds a bit grittier than it has in seasons past, but it’s now that of a seasoned storyteller, one who understands his abilities and is constant control.

It’s ironic that his health problems have caused him to calm down his signature wide range vocal work, but in the end it produces something he wasn’t capable of before. You’d never have heard Keifer’s name mentioned in the same breath as talent the likes of James Taylor and Jim Croce, but after this track, it’s obvious; he can play an acoustic ballad just as well as either of them. Other songs on the album prove he can still rock, but this track will hit you in the heart.

The lyrics tell a story of a man who understands how the passage of time has affected his relationship. He’s not sour though. He just knows he’s not the same man he once was. It’s not a bad thing. It’s life. The youthful exuberance he once owned is no longer his. So if his love wants to ask questions about it, she was better off asking him “yesterday.”

Passionate and smooth throughout, Keifer and his six-string work in wonderful tandem here. It’s a track that works just as well on a rainy day as it does on the drive home from work. Again, he’s not your father’s Keifer, but this more mature and rugged version may be the one you end up remembering when your “yesterday” comes.

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