Let’s be clear…there aren’t many people cooler or more authentic than Keef. All those things that your favourite rock star does? Keith did them first, before your favourite rock star was born, probably. He has earned the status of “legend”, and it’s great to hear him still rolling at 71.
His new album “Crosseyed Heart” re-unites the fabulous X-Pensive Winos; Waddy Wachtel, Ivan Neville, Steve Jordan, Bobby Keys, Bernard Fowler, and Sarah Dash. We also get a duet with Norah Jones on “Illusion”.
To be honest, there aren’t any real surprises here. It’s simply a great album that shines a light on Keith’s musical influences. There’s some rock and roll, some reggae, some country, some blues. His voice sounds exactly how you’d expect a nicotine and whiskey soaked voice to sound, and his guitar playing is a thing of pure beauty. Tip of the hat to Steve Jordan, who is an absolute monster of a drummer.
The first single “Trouble” was released a couple of months ago. I’m of the opinion that singles don’t tend to be the best songs on albums. They are (by necessity) the most accessible/commercial songs. “Trouble” is an easy enough listen, no problems there, but the true magic is in the deeper album cuts. You can stream the album on Spotify and Apple Music, but why not just go ahead and buy it? It’s a far better use of $10 than that awful McDonald’s lunch you were going to buy. Keith’s music is nourishing.
If you have Netflix, I can’t recommend Keith’s biopic “Under the Influence” highly enough. You’ll learn a bit about the process of putting this album together, but it’s so much more than that. A must see for rock fans of all stripes.