Sounds like … a more melodic version of emo-tinged punk-pop bands like Boys Like Girls, The Starting Line, The Academy Is …, and Saves the Day

At a glance … more varied and personable than many of their contemporaries, Hello Kelly have fashioned an album that outpaces their competition in more ways than one

There's no other way around it. For emo-charged bands to be effective, its frontmen simply must wear their hearts on their sleeve. For Hello Kelly's Francois Goudreault, that was never an easy prospect. Afflicted with a strong stutter for as long as he can remember, Goudreault has had to make the most of the situation and press forward. Judging from the vocal assuredness on his band's self-titled debut, he could've fooled us.

That's not the only way this Canadian foursome has prevailed. In four short years, Hello Kelly has sold more than 15,000 copies of two introductory EPs, logged countless miles on the road, and shared the bill with the likes of Hawk Nelson, Thousand Foot Krutch, and Starfield. Unlike their compatriots, though, Hello Kelly doesn't just settle for the road most traveled of pop/punk, rap-rock, or worship, offering instead their own unique spin on emo pop/rock.

The "emo" tag may tempt some to lump the group with other whiners du jour, but Hello Kelly is a little more accomplished than that, sporting a shimmering, incredibly melodic pop/rock sound, punctuated by Goudreault's clean emo wail, his band mates' polished power-pop dynamics, and scattered sonic elements throughout that are out of the norm for less conventional youth-rock advocates. It only helps that the choruses are insurmountably huge—so sugary, almost every one of them could be destined for Top 40 glory.

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Hello Kelly
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Release Date
October 30, 2007
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