Independent Release /Renaissance Records (Distribution)

Review by Tony Cannella

I first became aware of the Australian duo known as Temujin through their MySpace site. After hearing a little bit of what they had to offer, I was intrigued to say the least. Now several months after that initial introduction to this band, I finally got my grubby little hands on their debut CD “1000 Tears”. The band line up is as follows: Kelly (Vocals & keyboards) and Karl (Guitars, bass & drums). Even though there are only two members in the band, they have a big sound. The album begins with “Find Me”. A strong opener that really sets the pace for what is to come. Next is the title track “1000 Tears”. It features a nice steady riff throughout and the vocals of Kelly are both sweet and angelic and also very emotional and haunting. The next track “So Near” starts off slow, but quickly developes into a strong mid-tempo number that also features a monster guitar riff throughout the song. This was one of the highlights for me. Next up we have “Let You Go”. Another tour de force that keeps the momentum going in the right direction. Next up is the two minute instrumental “Spiral”. Other highlights include: “Down”, “Blue Jay”, “Haunted” and “Throwing Stones” but I can go on. There is not one bad song in the bunch. The musicianship is first rate. The vocals of Kelly are breath taking. She also writes very good, well thought out lyrics. When all is said and done “1000 Tears” features 13 songs and 56 minutes worth of music, that is haunting and atmospheric and beautiful. “1000 Tears”  is an album of well crafted songs that will leave the listener hungry for more. I know I look forward to hearing more from this band.

Rating – 90/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Find Me
  2. 1000 Tears
  3. So Near
  4. Let You Go
  5. Spiral
  6. Down
  7. Blue Jay
  8. Taken
  9. Sheltered
  10. Haunted
  11. All of You
  12. Throwing Stones
  13. Heart and Soul

 

Line Up

  • Kelly Lean – Vocals & Keyboards
  • Karl Lean – Guitars, Bass & Drums

 

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