on 14 November 2001
The bass player from Chicago's power noise-pop kings Triplefastaction has made a quiet solo record. Huh? Kevin Tihista, probably the nicest recording artist you will ever, ever meet, has made one of the most beautiful and emotional records of all time. Think Lloyd Cole without the country tinges, think George Harrison and John Lennon finally getting together to do an album of introspective love songs, think Morrissey without the fay ways. Think Stone Roses unplugged. Think Paul Weller on truth serum. Such songs as "Don't Breathe a Word", "Doctor" and "Stoopid Boy" will leave you scratching your head wondering where they dug up these old John Lennon tapes. Breathy Brit-style vocals over clean guitars coupled with lyrics that don't seem forced in the least all add up to making this one of the most powerful quiet records ever (think "OK Computer" without the gadgets). Brushes on the skins and subtle keyboards create a smooth as silk background to Kevin's songwriting mastery. Absolute kudos to Atlantic Records for having the stones to put out a record that will likely not be heard on your radio anytime soon, but will likely go down as the kind of album artists quote as an inspiration 20 years from now. Kevin Tihista's Red Terror has already stunned audiences on both sides of the pond with his beautiful Cobain-like nervous performances, and at last we have some of the magic that went into that on a disc now. Like a fine Bordeaux, this one will age quite well.
on 20 February 2002
Don't Breathe a Word is the debut album from the greatest songwriter no-one has ever heard of - Kevin Tihista. First listens to the album invoke fond comparisons with Morrissey and The Smiths at their best, but there's a unique and wonderful style here that's all his own.
As is with all great pop music, love is the driving theme behind Don't Breathe a Word. The awe, the heartbreak, the soul searching and the joys of love are explored with Tihistas good humoured vocal style and harmonies. Lyrical gems like "I still have my old records/I still have all my clothes/but I'm pretty sure this hole right here/is were my heart used go" from 'I Love Her' abound. One of the standout tracks of the album is 'Lose the Dress'. Typically Tihista, it's a song that dispenses with any pretentions about what people are looking for when together - "Oh babe you know I love you the best/but what's it going to take for you to lose the dress?". There's no sacharine sweetness to Kevin Tihistas lyrics, Ronan Keating he ain't and you love him all the more for it.
Don't Breathe a Word is the last thing you'll be doing when you hear this album - buy it, tell your friends, tell the world. Kevin Tihista is here to stay.
on 22 November 2001
as a music fan there really is nothing more depressing than seeing a real talent confined to obscurity or'cultdom'. right now kevin tihista is probably the most affecting singer-songwriter on either side of the atlantic - but for reasons that are frankly beyond me he remains almost unknown.
thus far tihista has released the fantastic 3 track ep loose the dress, an ep on rough trade and now this full length debut. you'll read descriptions of the music elswhere (for my money i'm saying john lennon/eric mathews/ lilac time / todd rungdren)but what really matters is how the music(and the words) make you FEEL. i defy anybody to listen to the title track of this record and not feel a tug at the heartstings, equally if the envoloping, hypnotic chords of doctor don't make your stomach feel giddy then maybe you need to see one.
if you've stumbled upon this page by accident - do yourself a favour SERIOUSLY and buy this record - why be content with second best??
I know little or nothing about this artist - save that he hails from the Chicago music scene. I bought the album after a friend of mine played 'Lose The Dress' repeatedly during a car journey from London to Leeds. Since buying the album I have introduced it to a score of friends, family members, acquaintances many of whom have purchased it themselves. All of the songs are strong, a handful are absolutely sublime. This is an essential album. Buy it now before it is deleted as I fear this artist has little or no profile.
on 26 April 2005
This CD is an awesome collection of sweet clever little songs. Kevin Tihista is a great songwriter who comes across as someone who is witty, self-effacing and likeable. My only criticism is that it's all too catchy. You'll drive yourself crazy humming the songs to yourself as you wake up, sitting at your desk, as you drive home, as you make your dinner, as you lie in bed....
on 5 February 2005
This guy is a great find. The music is pretty much traditional pop with some great melodies and ideas. All of the songs are good (except Outta site, outta mind, which is pretty horrible and is the only reason why i'm not giving this 5 stars) and as a whole the album is fantastic. This is a safe bet for any pop lovers.