- reviewed by Andree Farias Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2008 1 Apr
- 10 Good Reasons
- Bring It Broken
- Favorite Arcade
- Fall Over Me
- Simple Love Song
- Radio Edit Interlude
- The Real Thing
- Wait for Dreams
- No Time for Tears
- Paper Bag Princess (Hey Elizabeth)
- My Girlfriend
- Thinking Positive
There's no other way around it. For emo-charged bands to be effective, its frontmen simply must wear their hearts on their sleeve. For Hello Kelly's Francois Goudreault, that was never an easy prospect. Afflicted with a strong stutter for as long as he can remember, Goudreault has had to make the most of the situation and press forward. Judging from the vocal assuredness on his band's self-titled debut, he could've fooled us.
That's not the only way this Canadian foursome has prevailed. In four short years, Hello Kelly has sold more than 15,000 copies of two introductory EPs, logged countless miles on the road, and shared the bill with the likes of Hawk Nelson, Thousand Foot Krutch, and Starfield. Unlike their compatriots, though, Hello Kelly doesn't just settle for the road most traveled of pop/punk, rap-rock, or worship, offering instead their own unique spin on emo pop/rock.
The "emo" tag may tempt some to lump the group with other whiners du jour, but
This immediacy wouldn't mean much were it not for Hello Kelly's strong sense of meaningful, faith-fueled lyricism. Whether it's a song about the aftermath of divorce ("No Time for Tears"), teenaged relationships ("My Girlfriend"), or devotion to God ("10 Good Reasons"), the group tackles their subject matters with a straight face, while maintaining a steady pulse for their style of choice.
In fact, the band is so far removed from cliché, they're able to poke fun at vacuous, radio-geared compositions in the insanely funny "Radio Edit Interlude," which comes and goes before you can say "radio hit." All things considered,