- Bryon Harris
Kevin Lee & the Kings - "Ruby Red Lips"
Review by Patrick Joseph
"Ruby Red Lips" is an absolute steam roller of a rock song. The pounding shuffle groove has tons of swagger, and the melodies are searing. Lee's vocals are comfortable and in control throughout the record. A killer guitar solo completes the package. This song has an undeniable energy and an intoxicating edge. Listeners will be powerless against the inviting nature of this music.
Lyrically, "Ruby Red Lips" is sexy and sultry. The lustful energy of the lyrics matches the tone of the music perfectly.
"It's not the way you hold me tight when you make a move; Sparks fly when we ignite you're right on cue."
The dangerous nature of the music makes these lyrics shine with significance.
"There's one thing at the top of my list, your ruby red lips." Lee's delivery of these lyrics is sincere and believable, which elevates the music.
The arrangement of "Ruby Red Lips" showcases a fantastic rock band doing what they do best. Well-placed backup vocals add tremendous depth to the melody. At the same time, relentless guitar riffs and a pounding rhythm section lays a foundation. This song feels simultaneously classic and brand-new. The overall vibe to this track is monstrous, bursting at the seams with groove and controlled chaos. All the pieces fit perfectly. "Ruby Red Lips" is rock music at its finest.
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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