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Kevin Lee & the Kings - 'Wind It Up'

Review by Nico Low

Kevin Lee & the Kings' new song "Wind it Up" is a pumping, exhilarating rock tune. The mastery over their craft is immediately evident in this record as they come blasting out of the gate with a powerful guitar hook leading into the first verse. The drums put the song into overdrive and make the song feel epic. The background vocal harmonies accentuate the melody perfectly in the first verse and hit hard in the chorus. All of these, in tandem with Kevin's genuine performance on lead vocals, give the song infectious energy!

The lyrics have just as much of an impact. They feel motivating, driving, and just as strong as the arrangement.

"I spend my whole life trying, trying to win a distant prize, couldn't find a silver lining, so I'm in overdrive."

Everyone knows what it's like to be down and out and in the worst position. The last line, 'being in overdrive,' is the kind of mindset that speaks volumes. The chorus is incredibly catchy and nails the classic rock hook. "Wind it up, when the time is right, when you've had enough." It is such a flood of power.

The song comes together so perfectly and shows how radio-ready rock should sound. Look no further if you're looking for a hard-hitting rock song with a classic vibe and modern production. The unwavering skill of the band, the amazing guitar solo, great background vocals, and a perfect lead vocalist all culminate in a song that feels like being revved up and ready to give anything your all.


About Kevin Lee & The Kings

Kevin Lee: Lead Vocals, Guitar Kevin Lee, and the Lonesome City Kings were signed to MCA. The band's first single, "Standing in the Line of Fire," was chosen for an NBA All-Stars Video and used in the movie "A Dangerous Woman." Lee released his first solo album, "Walk A Mile In My Shoes," in 1998 on Bubblehaus Records. In 2002 Kevin released the critically acclaimed CD "Loaded" on Chicago-based Big Blast Records. In 2006 Lee released "Flip the Switch" on Sigus Records to rave reviews worldwide. In 2010 Lee released "Dusk Till Dawn" on Sigus Records featuring his trademark songwriting with big hooks, chunky guitars, and melodies that listeners can't forget. The song "Time Won't Stand Still" hit #1 at WMWX in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2013 the album Breakout was released, and Lee was voted one of the best Chicago artists by the Illinois Entertainer. In 2018 Kevin Lee & the Kings released the hook-filled "Sticks & Stones" to excellent reviews. Lee was voted best new artist by Fireworks Magazine UK in 2007 and toured as an opening act playing multiple 20,000-plus seat arenas for REO, Cheap Trick, Pearl Jam, Lou Gramm, and Matthew Sweet. Kevin's song "Tonight" was featured in the 2016 major film release "Spaceman" and had pieces placed on several MTV reality shows. Kevin Lee & the Kings were named one of the best local bands for 2013 & 2018 by the Illinois Entertainer.

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