Sound — 10
Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers' self-titled album is a great mix of straightforward rock & roll while having a soulful approach at the same time. An acoustic sound that has transformed over time into a rock band sounds great when coupled with the voice and lyrics of Stephen Kellogg. On a first listen, some of the songs can sound the same but as you shape the music. Other notes in this section: this self titled record marks the debut of The Sixers on Foundations Records.
Lyrics — 8
You won't find angst-filled lyrics like Counting Crows but they still convey emotion with girls who hurt him or girls he hurt. The lyrics are very smooth and tend to override the choruses, which is interesting because of the way the band plays. But songs like "Such A Way" and "Start The Day Early" are very catchy songs that are bound to stick out in your mind. In regard to compliance of the lyrics with the music, it works interestingly. Some songs aren't quite as conventional as Counting Crows' music is but they have their own unique sound. And Kellogg's vocals have a much smoother timbre than Adam Duritz's of Counting Crows and Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers.
Overall Impression — 9
Stephen Kellogg's music in previous albums has brought out more of his voice but this self-titled CD gives him a more rock & roll sound which will appeal to people on a greater scale if they enjoy strict rock & roll. When listening to this band, think of Counting Crows, The Wallflowers, and a hint of Motley Crue in the mix. Nothing to hate about the album if you like this slightly softer rock genre and it was lost, one should definitely buy it again.