Kevin Kern has imbued a number of his classic tracks with a vitality and vigor that allows Always Near to speak volumes to anyone listening in, whether it be long-term lovebirds or those that may be new to romantic relationships.
The titular effort Always Near is a softly-crafted track that is at the height of emotionality, where Kern is able to place a lifetime of love in four minutes. The piano’s narrative efforts provide an incredibly rich tapestry that continues through The Winding Path’s “The Touch of Love.” Where Always Near was on the more sedate side, there is a bold sound that is cultivated with “The Touch of Love;” the presence of a flute during this composition is bolstered through percussive and string elements. “Where Paths Meet” is a late-album effort that keeps the momentum strong through the album’s final elements. I feel that the eclectic styles and sounds that are broached during this track will ensure that listeners maintain their interest as they are shuttled into the one-two finale of “Through Your Eyes” (from Embracing the Wind) and “Softly Falling” (from The Winding Path). “Softly Falling” lasts for four minutes before Always Near draws to a close, but Kern’s playing here will ensure that listeners will search out the rest of his discography.
At 63 minutes Always Near is a release that will have considerable replay value no matter whether one is meditating or enjoying the company of a loved one.
Top Tracks: “Above The Clouds” (from Embracing The Wind) and “Return to Love” (from Summer Daydreams)