By Zane Ewton
Charm is a record full of swagger.
It never gets too excited or too plaintive. It’s a steady beat at
a mid tempo. The guitar doesn’t overpower but always carries the
Kissinger appears to play these songs knowing
that the girls will want them whether they try hard or not. That
self assuredness is the only thing that could make songs about going to
the mall, “A glass-plated Chevy Nova,” “a little bit of Frank Sinatra and
you,” seems so effective.
The major strength of the album lies with
the distinct melody of each song. Kissinger keeps it simple with
just guitar, bass and drums. By sticking to the basics the vocals
come across stronger. Lead man Chopper writes interesting lyrics
and plays with words and were he puts them. He stays away from the
standard clear cut verse/chorus/verse formula.
The band has been recording for a few years
but this is the re-release of their first full-length album. So Charm
has the benefit of being the picks of the litter.
“Bike vs. Truck” is an example of
the angular riffs and steady beat that is the groundwork for the whole
album. “Urbia” and “Consider Bridgette” are good pop-rock songs.
“John Bates” and “Cryan Shame” reveal a harder edge to the band.
Kissinger leaves the impression that they
are suited more for shallow art students. They are not weird enough
for a Junior but the Freshman will love them.
Charm is a promising album and hopefully
the band will be able to evolve and not be pigeonholed into ridiculous
comparisons by jaded music reviewers in the future.
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