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Lush, layered and lyrical - The Kitchens are distinctive as ever,
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This review is from: Folly (Audio CD)
After nearly two decades, what a joy to hear Fitzgerald, Swales and Goodwin reunited once more. But make no mistake, this is no desperate attempt to cash-in on past glories - if you're looking to replay your old favourites in a new guise, you'll be sorely disappointed - this is the fresh sound of men who've matured yet are still willing to experiment. The result is an album that is at once utterly contemporary and eerily timeless - and serves as a reminder that whilst KOD were one of the best British bands of the late 80s/early 90s, they were also unlike anything else around at that time. Though an undeniable influence on the likes of Interpol and Elbow, KOD were never overtly fashionable, and are just as hard to categorise now. Fitzgerald's vocals are one minute soft and full of pathos, the next angry and snarling; ditto the switch from acoustic guitar and piano to electric guitar and drums. The resulting album segues from light and playful to dark and chaotic, so whilst the single 'Japan to Jupiter' is irresistibly catchy, on first acquaintance it's 'Oak Tree' and 'I Wish it Would Snow' that lingered most with me. But then KOD always were layered listen, and for all its complexity, one thing is certain: 'Folly' is a misnomer if ever there was one.