Kelly Ellis is a musical artist from England with starring roles in musicals like Les Miserables, Chess in concert, We will rock you and Wicked. Her debut "Anthems" is produced by legendary Brian May of Queen and it is filled with epic songs from musicals, Queen cover songs and new tracks written by May. Kelly sits on a fantastic voice and backed up by May´s layers of guitars, it just can´t go wrong. The album opens with the May composition "Dangerland" that bring thoughts to Queen´s Innuendo, superb. Another new song written by May for this album is the beautiful "I can´t be your friend", majestic just like a Queen song.
And speaking of Queen, I really do like these new versions of Queen classics like "Save me", "No one but you" and "I loved a butterfly". Kelly takes on "Anthem" from Chess and makes it her own, incredible! The album´s most astonishing track is "You have to be there" from the Bjorn and Benny musical Kristina, Kelly does her most impressive vocal performance on this masterpiece. The rocking "Defying gravity" will wake you up for sure, great song with a magnificent song arrangement from May, the more pop-like "Love it when you call" sounds very spooky close to Queen´s "One vision".....hrm. May is re-inventing his own riffs. I could do without the James Bond movie theme "Diamonds are forever", it feels rather misplaced here. But what a great album this is!