I think David Kitt will surely go on to become an international superstar given the right exposure.This c.d. offers listeners the rare chance to capture the origins and birth of a of a future star.In my opinion his last c.d. "The Big Romance" was the c.d. of the year.This c.d. is not as good as that.There are a few reasons for this,but the main one being that this c.d. sounds very raw and almost unprofessional in comparison to the slick production of his 2nd album.No wonder really when you consider it was recorded on an 8-track at home in his bedroom.It certainly doesn't have that big corporate feel to it-I mean this really sounds like a home recording.You can compare the two albums as one track "Step Out In The Morning Light" appears on both c.d.'s.The difference is quite startling.On this c.d. the vocals sound almost feint,the drum machines not as crisp-but in some ways this version has it's merits.The harmonies are startling and he also uses a flute on the track.It's a great track no matter what.
He shows his penchant for throwing in long tracks again on this c.d.,with the opener "There Are Words".It's a pretty hypnotic track and the listener finds themselves getting totally engrossed as you try to make out the vocals which are barely audible.I hope he does this track again on a future album,cos it's quite an astonishing track..The production on the 2nd track is really good-it's very similar to a Big Romance track.He uses a couple of drum machines and his own acoustic to back multi-layered vocal harmonies.The 4th track is really cool-he gets the help from his much younger brother-Robbie to help on backing vocals(he has appeared with him in concert for this track,for a collective "Aaah" from the audience).The results are really cool,amaturish but quite endearing too-it's a favourite amongst the female fans!His vocals sound even more James Taylor like on track 5.To those who don't know about him-Kitt has this wonderfully mellow,deep and rich voice that totally chills out.When you hear his vocals everything seems to move a zillion times slower!The 6th track is in fact two songs mixed together.The first part "Days For Two" is a gentle acoustic number-with just vocals and high acoustic notes.The second part is a cover of a Barry Gibb track called "In The Morning".You'd hardly notice this until you read the credits-but when aware it's pretty clear.I have to say I prefer the latter half on the song.The final track is a very long one also and finishes off the album beautifully.He uses interesting sounding drum machines,more acoustic and Blue Nile like synths.Again it's a pretty slow-tempo track until the electric guitar kicks in after a few minutes.It sounds vocally like a sort of mantra chant and is very infectious.
David Kitt has achieved a major following here in Ireland.He's almost like 'Ireland's secret' in the same way David Gray was.I prefer the 2nd album,but I also think this is worthy of between 3/4 stars.Yet I do know quite a few people who much prefer the fresher and more raw elements of this c.d.No matter which way,Kitt is just a really good singer/songwriter!