After nearly 30 years in the music business, you might expect someone like Tommy Keene to start slowing down. If you did, you'd be wrong. Produced by Tommy in his home studio, with able assistance again from R. Walt Vincent (Pete Yorn), Tommy's new Behind The Parade (Second Motion) continues his career-long run of premier, melodic guitar-based rock, following up 2009's stellar In The Late Bright with yet another batch of winning tunes.
Ranging from the proto-Keene jangle of "Already Made Up Your Mind" and the edgy, power pop (no, he doesn't mind that description - much) storytelling of "Running For Your Life" and "His Mother's Son" to the moody, ambient instrumental "La Castana" and the horn-infused opener "Deep Six Saturday", Behind The Parade finds Tommy ably taking a few risks while managing to play to his considerable strengths. Behind The Parade, along with his recent output, shows Tommy is akin to an athlete rediscovering his prime-only in his case, he never left it.