Very Good - Summer Album?,
This review is from: Dirt (Audio CD)You would be forgiven for thinking Dirt was created by a pretty boy American pop punk band. Ok, Yes, Kids in Glass Houses are Pop Punk, but it's a very different colour to the mediocre we here coming from the states - it's slightly darker, with almost emo undertones.
The album opens up with "Artbreaker I", a rather short track that seems to work well as an Introduction. The next track, "The Best is Yet to Come" is easily memorable, and is quite a good landmark, following into "Sunshine", which is slightl dissapointing. Of course, the main reason for buying this album, "Matters at All" explodes into energy, but is a little more sophisticated to the rest of the album. This is good news for the single, and follows into the almost equally as good "Youngblood", which retains the darker sound of "Matters at All", but staying summery at the same time. However, these 2 tracks greatly outshine the next two, "Lilli Rose" and "Giving Up" which pass by without a second glance. Fortunatly this picks up with "For Better or For Hearse", which one might ignore the first time round. Fortunatly, as with the rest of the album, a couple of listens later, it hooks you in like a rather unaware fish.
In theory I should really hate "Undercover Lover". It's horrendously poppy, but somehow the the duet with The Saturday's (and former S Club 8) member Frankie Sandford. I think at this point it depends on your age of listening - as a teenager I can remember listening to old CDs with the overproduced SC8 in the summer, and I tink this track reminds me of that and makes me feel like a child. Though I would imagine most will find this track annoying. "The Morning Afterlife" seems only to serve as a "wind-down" from the previous track, and is a little boring. Fortunatly, "Hunt the Haunted" explodes in afterwards and picks the pace straight up (a possible single in the making?). This blends into the second part of "Artbreaker", "Artbreaker II" which somehow makes the first track make sense now, and finishes off the album perfectly, bringing it full circle
Possibly due to the Welsh influence, this is a rather universally "Mood" album, (as opposed to most pop punk which tends to be annoyingly happy). I would recommend this to mostly anyone, and particularly as KIGH are touring with Lostprophets at the time of writing, I truly believe this band has great things in store for them