Written by Lauren Rosier
New Jersey-based rocker, Kenny Dubman, comes out on fire with his brand new album, Conflicted. The new record showcases elements of hard rock, Americana, and metal influences paired with “real-world trauma and hard-won self-healing.”
In the 1980s, he was in the band, Prophet, but choose to go solo and create a “new sense of purpose.”
“‘Conflicted’ is really an album of observations of human nature and behavior…every single track is about things that people do, and the impact these things have on both themselves and others in their sphere. Human emotion drives human behavior, which ultimately shapes our worlds, for better or worse. Every single person is conflicted, in one way or another, at some point in their lives.” – Kenny Dubman
The opening song is the lead single, “Old Dog.” It features Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr on guitar. The track opens with seriously rockin’ electric guitars. The guitar instrumentation is fantastic on this track. They sound so great. Dubman‘s voice pairs very nicely with this style of music as well.
On “Modern Day Jesus,” he brings out his Americana/folk influences and it really makes for a great song. It’s still a rock song, but it has those elements of Americana and folk in the track that blends the different genres really well.
The track, “You Belong,” gives me Bon Jovi vibes. It has a great melody, it’s very catchy, and has a great message.
The song, “Stuck On Replay,” is a track about getting up and doing things over again after falling short, and just never giving up.
The track, “Winter Wind,” kind of has a bit of a psychedelic vibe where Dubman sings about a significant other and his relationship with that person. He sings about the ruthlessness of the winter wind, while on “Pitiful Fool” he showcases both the drummer and guitarist, and it makes for an enthusiastic, fun song.
The final song on the album is just a nice little track about not allowing anyone to pull the “Wool Over Your Eyes.”
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