A tune like “The Kite” might not sound dangerous, but the line “Let this kite take flight,” a seize-the-day metaphor for the heart or spirit of a fearful lover, is pure nitroglycerin. Had Klose handled those words incorrectly, he’d have blown his song’s credibility to bits and left himself with nothing but sap. But this German born, African-raised singer-songwriter does sentimentality with sincerity and grace, particularly on the tender acoustic tunes “On and On” and “Still.” Klose plugs in for the bluesy “Falling Tears” and rock-reggae hybrid “Make It Better,” and on “Beautiful One,” he tries his hand at country. When he plays it sweet and cool, there’s little out of his range.


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