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Todd Kerns – Borrowing Trouble

Todd Kerns – Borrowing Trouble

(Cai Rip Records) Tagged as the greatest rock singer no one’s ever heard of, former Age Of Electric frontman Todd Kerns has taken a bus man’s holiday from his regular gig playing bass for former Guns N Roses guitar slinger Slash, to record a solo release, Borrowing Trouble. Recorded in memory of his good friend Greg Verdusco, you would expect with Kerns’ hard rock connections, that he would release a balls-to-the-wall rock record – but not so! Mr Kerns executes a 360 degree turn and has instead issued 12 tracks of acoustically arranged material that totally spotlights his amazing lyrical and song writing talents. From the opening `Nothing Personal’ which highlights the trials and tribulations of young people trying to make it in Hollywood, to his stunning cover of Daniel Lanois’ `The Maker’, Kerns offers stripped down arrangements which total focus on a great vocal performance to deliver a batch of insightful lyrics. From straight ahead love songs like `This Changes Everything’ and `It’s Always Been You’ to songs like `Hideous’ which comment on some one’s evaluation of self-worth, the selection of songs here could easily of been given the full rock arrangement treatment and an appearance by Slash would have surely heightened this record’s commercial value. But Kerns has forsaken that route to make a very personal statement. It’s a statement that bodes well for the future. Kerns may be in the spotlight as Slash’s bass player but his own talents will eventually get recognized.

Suggested Downloads: Nothing Personal, This Changes Everything, The Devil In Me

Borrowing Trouble - Todd Kerns

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  1. Nessa

    Todd Kerns is the type of performer that you remember, so now that he’s getting a great deal more exposure, I predict this guy will expand his fan base exponentially. From his lush vocals to his take no prisoners stage approach, he leaves an indelible impression. I’ve seen him on stage with Slash twice now, and in spite of the fact that I am a huge Myles Kennedy fan and have worshiped at the altar of Slash for most of my life, it’s TK that really made both shows unforgettable for me. Borrowing Trouble is kind of a departure from what you might expect, but in the absence of loud, screaming guitars you can really appreciate just how good the guy actually is. I liked all of the songs, and that doesn’t happen often. My favorite track is “So Scandalous” just because of the Ukelele, that was truly an inspired choice of instrument! But, all of the songs resonate on some level, and quite frankly, that voice is pure Canadian crack! I think he’s a massive talent, and richly deserves recognition and continued success. I hope to see a lot more from him in the near future.

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