Keith Cullen at Odessa – Review
Intimate and plush. Low lights and high expectations. This EP launch by Keith Cullen is an unusually luxurious affair. Relaxed, slim and charming in black Keith’s introduction is warming and appreciative. He starts with “Flashing Lights” amid the ambient surroundings. Following with “ Superhero “ creeping vocals over lingering keyboards he kicks straight into “ When I Hear Your Name “. The single from his EP is a simple arrangement of vocals, piano and strings. A tale of lost love it gathers pace perfectly telling the story as momentum rises and falls finishing on resignation and gently closing chords. Pensive and dramatic Keith works the audience into the next track which is surprisingly “ Stay” by Rhianna. No track, its acoustic. To be fair, Rhianna is not my bag at all., but Keith carries it off with style. Think I actually prefer his version.
Katie Carpenter from the band “Jezzebelle“ joins Keith for their next song “Safe From The World“. A heartfelt ballad delivered by the duo with emotion and integrity. “The Walls” follows. Starts off with hints of a lullaby, engaging the audience into his generous performance of “With Eyes Wide Open”.
Keith sounds bigger than he looks. Clearly emotive in performance, he wears his soul on his sleeve throughout this set. His admirers and appreciators give rapturous applause and Keith humbly acknowledges their return. His vulnerability gives his music a freshness that’s rare in this often over populated singer songwriter space.
Post gig analysis Keith admits to battling a stubborn chest infection all week. Looks like the chest infection lost. Currently based in Dublin, Keith is managed by his sister Jennifer. Hovering between LA and London he has signed a publishing deal and is considering his next move. At this point I step aside for another well wisher holding an EP up for autograph.
Set List : Flashing Lights, Superhero, When I Hear Your Name, Stay, Safe From The World, Perfect The Way We Are, The Walls, With Eyes Wide Open.
Review by Ciara Sheahan