Tim Kelley | Beauty in the Flaws

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Beauty in the Flaws

by Tim Kelley

Acoustic folk jazz flooded with vocal harmonies peppered with hints of Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, Simon & Garfunkel, Brian Wilson and Harry Connick Jr.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Jazz
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1. The Mean
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2. End of the Immortal
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3. Bi-Now
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4. Grounded
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5. Empty Glass
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6. Here's a Penny ( Talk is Cheap )
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7. Father Time
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8. Reborn
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9. More Us ( The Burrower )
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10. Novembering
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11. The Understanding of Nothing
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12. A Basement Anthem
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Album Notes
This CD was written before my debut album 'Older & Wiser?' even though it was released after it. These songs came from a time when I lost love, friends, my father and my home within a short period of time. The fall from grace and the climb back to who I am now lives within these songs. My friend MacEzra had this to say about the description of this album:

“So I just need you to hold on,” sings Tim Kelley on A Basement Anthem. The past is glowing, red, ferocious on this, clawing, clinging, reminding us of where we’ve been and what we’ve lost.
There is pain here. There is loss. Here is Prometheus undaunted, stealing fire again because he knows the cost and sees the worth. Here is the beauty of the ache in humanity, here is the beauty in the need. “I just need you to hold on.” Here is the beauty of all of our failings and flailings. Here is the smoking beast of past holding close and the patient rejoinder that “you don’t owe me anything.”
The harmonies and piano don’t move towards escape, quite the opposite; this album is about embracing and growing. In sly lyrics and shifting vocals these songs dig at who we’ve been, who we’ve hurt, and who we’ve lost; glaring at those ferocious red eyes of untenable past and daring them to try and take away from what we’ve made of it today. This album is the reach and grasp of beauty, the slow build of emotional strength, the very fact that who we are is also who we’ve been. But, more than that, this album, for all it’s history, is about future; about the melodic fact that we can be precisely who we need to be. - MacEzra



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Genevieve Conaty

Polyphonic Balm
This record is a pleasure to listen to. It's achingly sincere. Tim Kelley delivers expressive vocals - strong yet delicate - along with imaginative arrangements in songs that build and soar. Some songs take unpredictable and confident musical swerves, such as the beautiful madrigal-like vocal section partway through "More Us ( The Burrower )," the surprise segue into scat at the end of "Novembering," and the histrionic turn midway through "End of the Immortal" - Tim gets unexpectedly (and delightfully) Robert Plant-ish as he sings, "If you know how to leave, then leave… if you know what to say, then say it!" I also love the confident and relaxed vocals intertwining with a pretty sax line and otherworldly sound effects in "Here's a Penny ( Talk Is Cheap )." I find this music a balm for my troubles, and hope you will too.


This is a true gem . The harmonies on this album are so haunting. I highly recommend End of the Immortal and Father Time. Tim's music has found it's unique voice and could not be better represented in this collection of songs. While I hear a lot of jazz and folk influences I also hear Radiohead and Robert Plant. I am glad to have added this album to my collection and my afternoon commute.


Magically Delicious
Beauty in the Flaws has a magical way of pulling a wide range of your emotions in every which way. Tim Kelley has such an impressive talent of expression in his ability to capture his thoughts not only lyrically but being able to match very unique arrangements to his words. The Understanding of Nothing is far one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. It is not often a song moves me in such a strong emotional way!  Vocally this cd  amazes me, lyrically its thought provoking, and musically it is  Groovy to the core!! All in all it is Magically delicious:)


Haunting, Beautiful art. I highly recommend End of the Immortal, and Father Time. Tim's music has found its unique voice in a sea of blandness. Congrats! I am proud to have added this to my collection and afternoon commute.


An Incredible Encore
Once again, Tim Kelley and Company have embellished the hot and cold venues of life with incredible vocal harmonies bound and sewn together with moving orchestration. Tim's outstanding-endless vocal range and intonation are matched with the likes of a haunting sax, a delicate moving cello, and a surprisingly well placed banjo part at times. From track to track (and in the silence between) this album will appertain your thoughts and emotions to the driving projection of this album. Most definitely, you will find the "Beauty" in the "Flaws" of your past, current and future emotional events of your life. It is true, for every door that closes, another opens and Tim has opened yet another door for each of us with this, his second outstanding album.
I HIGHLY recommend this album to add to your collection of "mood moving" music. Incredible!
Thank you Tim and company for another masterpiece!


The Beauty of the Present
It should come as no surprise that Tim Kelley’s Beauty in the Flaws release would follow his Older and Wiser? debut.  These songs are older.  They were all written in the years before his first release.  And they are wiser.  These songs have been evaluated, reassessed, redefined, and had their perimeters shifted to rid them of the encumbrance of things simply passed to be forgotten or merely painfully remembered.  Here are heartbreaking aspects of history dealt with in a manner appreciative of the strengths that they garnered, through the beauty of all to which they gave birth.
“The truth is I only miss you when it rains,” and rain here it does, and swings, swings, swings.  If you’ve heard Tim you’re well acquainted with the harmonies, the stacked vocals, the jazz and folk influences.  This album is his past made blindingly present and his pain made brilliantly white; four or more part harmonies confessing, admonishing, atoning.  Beauty in the Flaws is both cut and suture, loss and gain.  It’s the present and the beauty is self evident.
If it breaks your heart, it’s immediately there to point out why it’s right and perfect that it should be so; after all, how much of your painful past was presented so beautifully?