Kenn Kweder

Indre Sessions

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People who don't live in or around Philadelphia might wonder why this 1999 release is titled Indre Sessions. Indre is a studio in that East Coast city; it has a fine reputation in Philly and its suburbs, and it has managed to attract major artists like Astrud Gilberto. As this CD's title indicates, Indre Studios has also attracted Kenn Kweder. The singer/songwriter was in his late forties when he recorded this album, and the folks at Indre undoubtedly knew that he was a long-lasting veteran of the Philly rock scene. Like much of Kweder's work, Indre Sessions received much more press in Philly than it did in national publications (although critic David Fricke has given Kweder a lot of favorable coverage in Rolling Stone). Most of the reviews that Indre Sessions received in Philly publications were quite favorable, and it wasn't just a case of being unnecessarily kind to a local musician simply because he was local. In fact, Philly's rock critics can be notoriously cynical and jaded -- they have a reputation for being a tough bunch, but in most cases they had a high opinion of this CD. And their praise was justified; Indre Sessions really does live up to those glowing reviews. Over the years, the eclectic Kweder has been everything from a brash, ballsy rocker to a sensitive, wistful sort of artist -- and on Indre Sessions his sensitive side prevails. The singer/songwriter brings a certain thoughtfulness to original gems like "Girl With the Dylan Flowers," "January February," and "Words and Dreams," all of which find Kweder cherishing his Bob Dylan-influenced folk-rock roots. The only song that he didn't write or co-write is "Remember Me," which was written by the late singer/songwriter Billy Schied. Indre Sessions is a strong, highly consistent effort that folk-rock enthusiasts should make a point of hearing.