Kevin Renick and Friends | Close To Something Beautiful

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Close To Something Beautiful

by Kevin Renick and Friends

Contemplative, melodically strong folk rock by the singer/composer of "Up in the Air," strongly influenced by Neil Young, The Beatles and early Paul Simon.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Where Am I Going?
5:13 $0.99
2. Close To Something Beautiful
6:10 $0.99
3. Don't Go
3:41 $0.99
4. The Sorry Song
4:33 $0.99
5. Call It, Friend-o
6:11 $0.99
6. The Bottom
3:17 $0.99
7. Rachel McAdams
4:08 $0.99
8. Think Twice About It
4:05 $0.99
9. Hold Me
6:21 $0.99
10. Janey
3:13 $0.99
11. About A Kiss
2:39 $0.99
12. R.A.B. Intro
0:21 album only
13. Read A Book
3:26 $0.99
14. Up In The Air
5:39 $0.99
15. Anonymous
5:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
Kevin Renick is the singer/songwriter best known for the acclaimed title track to Jason Reitman's Oscar-nominated UP IN THE AIR movie. Renick, a St. Louis-based musician, has written well over 100 songs and puts equal effort into both his lyrics and musical arrangements. He writes about the uncertainties and quirks of life, as well as the need to connect with others on every level. Known for many years as a music journalist (much of his work can be read on the website, Renick made the transition to performing/composing artist in 2008, getting a fortuitous break when he met Jason Reitman at a university lecture. His debut CD, "Close To Something Beautiful," is an eclectic mix of tunes revealing Renick's preoccupation with figuring out life's purpose ("Where Am I Going," "Call It, Friend-o" and the title track), love ("Don't Go," "Hold Me," "About A Kiss") and the increasing effects of dehumanization and technology on the human spirit ("Think Twice About It," "Read A Book" and "Anonymous"). There is also a vibrant new version of the popular "Up in the Air" song which jettisons the tape hiss from the movie version and adds sonic coloring. Renick is aided on the recording by musical comrades such as Ned Watson of The Blue Lemmings and multi-instrumentalist Ted Moniak of Seattle.



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Siddharth Ahuja

Phenomenon effort!
How many artists do we have today who sing or play from the heart? Hardly any. But when you hear Kevin sing, he really speaks to you. You feel moved and comforted by his words. They have a promise of hope and a dream about the future. His song "Up in the air" is already my favorite and the man seems determined to churn out many more fantastic songs like it. I live all the way over to the other side of the world, in India, and his music has found ways to reach people even here. Truly, music knows no boundaries or restrictions. If you haven't still, definitely get his album today and you will fall in love with his beautiful music and soothing voice. Thanks.

Aaron C.

He's No Longer Up in the Air
Kevin Renick's lyrics are sometimes wistful, often playful, and always thoughtful and heartfelt. And the music is catchy. For instance, I couldn't get "The Sorry Song's" simple tune out of my head for two hours. The breadth of his interests also impressed me: rock, folk, a children's song, a spoken-word poem....My favorite songs on this album are "Close to Something Beautiful," "The Bottom," "Where Am I Going?" and "Read a Book."

Amy Barfield Martin

Breath of Fresh Air
Multi talented, diverse, listening to Renick's music is like taking a breath of fresh air. I find it refreshing that this artist's music taps into so many different genres while at the same time bringing a sense of connectedness to one's life experience.

Such incredible, beautiful heartfelt emotion pours from Renick's spirit in the opening track "Where Am I Going". One can't help but be moved by the realness of his life's journey. "Close to Something Beautiful" is by far my personal favorite. I feel in this song Renick has captured what all humans are longing far - a life of beauty and happiness. Then one can't help but feel his heart soaring excitement about a girl named "Rachel McAdams". This is one girl who has obviously touched Renick's soul.

While many of the tracks have a folk flavor to them, Renick mixes it up with his bluesy rock tracks "Call It Friendo" and "Think Twice About It" Then he shows us his mellow feel good side with a hint of jazz in the track "Hold Me". The soothing mellowness continues in "Janey" which gently lulls one into the feel good memories of one's past.

"Up in the Air" is a classic song that touches one's very core. Who hasn't felt this way at one time or another? Renick's closing track "Anonymous" is not to be missed. It will surely get you thinking.

Al K Hall

Something Beautiful
This CD should not be called "Close To Something Beautiful" because it IS something beautiful.

i discovered Kevin in the end titles of the film "Up In The Air", when he performed the song of the same name. i interviewed him for my website [] and discovered more than a songster. i found a sincere, honest, fun and intelligent poet. And that's what i love most about this CD: it's totally Kevin, which means it's sincere, honest, fun and intelligent.

Kev is a talented songwriter and gifted at finding the perfect music to accompany his lyrics. There are a couple standout tunes on this CD like "The Sorry Song" (beautiful lyrics and something every guy has felt all the time), and "Where Am I Going" (the lead off track) paired with "Think Twice About It" which are some rockin' folk tunes.

If you're looking for a nice mix of Neil Young and James Blunt, you've come to the right place. Download this puppy.

Al K Hall

Ricardo Zarate Flores

Close to something beautiful, close to something real.
Why it took so long to get ‘Close to something beautiful’? I kept asking the same question over and over again while I was listening the fourteen songs of the album by Kevin Renick and friends. What an incredible experience it is. As many others Kevin Renick’s fans, I knew about him thanks to ‘Up in the Air’, a song included in Jason Reitman’s film of the same name. To me ‘Up in the Air’ was (and still) a raw song about uncertainty and hope, a poetic approach of the immense possibilities and impossibilities in life. At that time, I haven’t even seen the film, but the song grasp me so intensely I couldn’t waste any minute and I was luckily enough to get in touch directly with Kevin Renick, the source of the feeling. ‘Close to something beautiful’. Fourteen songs. A wide spectrum of emotions, rhythms, supported with plainspoken lyrics that touches your heart. Thank you Kevin Renick. Greetings from Mexico.