If you’re looking for great British power pop, then look no further than Kelly’s Heels. Bob Kelly’s guitar licks and solid vocals have been a reliable favorite of mine over the years, joined by the ferocious drumming of Jim Kimberley and the groovy bass lines of Isobel Kimberley. The band has been putting out quality music for over a decade now, so this album was most welcome. The sound of the band fits squarely in between Squeeze and Elvis Costello with a bit of The Replacements thrown in. The mid tempo “After Tonight” is a brief intro that echos the classic Kinks romantic period as Bob intones “after tonight, I doubt we’ll ever see each other again.” Then the manic paced rock begins, “Anything But This” has a middle eight that will thrill fans of Glenn Tilbrook.
With the punk elements of the band put more in the background, pop songs like the pastoral “First To Say” hold your attention between the more frenetic tunes. Every song here is great, like “Next Time You Walk Out” with a bouncy harmonic and undeniable hook in the chorus. The Beatlesque “SundayMondayTuesday” is another winner and you may find yourself either energized or exhausted by the richness of earworms here. Fans of Mike Viola will appreciate the lyrical sweet poison of “Common As Conquest” as the compositions here are also the strongest to date, it really earns a top ten for 2011 nomination!