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Killer CDs: Simple Kid Simple Kid 1
By Brad Podray

There's definitely something worthwhile about Simple Kid.  Bear in mind this beginning sentence replaced several sentences which have been now deleted.  The deleted sentences were written furiously while hearing the first minute of opening track, "Hello."  At first, this review was being written to insult the album and everyone who might like it...then something happened.  

My typing began to slow, and I deleted the sentence containing the terms "worthless, "utter garbage", and "eskimo fodder"(needless to say, this was one hell of a sentence).I think I was beginning to like it. Lyrics and sounds which only moments earlier grated on my ears like a large ear-grating machine now hit them in the happy spot.  By the end of the track, the odd voice, sound choice, and melodies were firmly implanted in my head much like the bomb also implanted there which is set to go off if I go more than two days without putting peanut butter on my neighbor's doorknob...er.  

Back to the album review.

"Hello" is followed by "Truck On," a song with the same general groove but more chilled out.  By this point, Simple Kid's got me listening pretty intently.  It's original and very refreshing.  If more of this kind of stuff was on the radio, I might ignore it just a little bit less.  I don't really like reviews that highlight each track and talk about it (although I may end up doing reviews in that style eventually just for the hell of it), so I'm going to point out some quality stuff and then wrap up the review rather then summarize every damn song.  I like the way that Simple Kid songs build. 

Layers of synthesis and rock elements blend very well.  Melodies are innovative and original.  I'll take this moment to compliment the enjoyable, head-bobbing synthetic goodness that resides in the introduction to the song, "Drugs."   If you don't hear anything else on the CD, listen to this song.  In my opinion, it's definitely the best track.  As for the other tracks, they each have their memorable moments.  Tracks like "Breakups Breakdowns" and "No News" have a distinct psychedelic edge to them.  

Simple  Kid's style is hard to describe, adding abstraction with a unique, satirical sense of humor.  Utilization of synthesis and a wide variety of  instrumentation(from harmonicas to orchestral samples) give Simple Kid's first album, Simple Kid 1, a replayability that is found very rarely in new music.  The songs are diverse enough to keep my interest throughout the whole CD.  It's true that I definitely did not like it on initial listen, 
but the originality hit me in the face like a sack of potatoes swung by a viking.  Part rock, part electronica, part avant-garde weird folk would be how I'd describe Simple Kid's sound.  

Now, I'd like to take this moment to say that Simple Kid's originality is very commendable for a pretty large commercial release, but it is by no means earth-shattering in the world of music. (As any Einsturzende Neubauten fan can tell you, it's gonna be tough for someone new to come around these days with something that is truly original anymore).  That's the only even remotely bad thing I have to say about it.  It's invigoratingly original, but more so to the pop audience than anyone else.  In my opinion, Simple Kid might be too original for the mainstream public to handle, as most of them are just idiots.  

To sum up: Simple Kid sought a niche and fit it like a glove.  It's the only new rock I 
can think of off-hand that I don't despise.  This is a thank you to Simple Kid for not sucking.

Sure to please: Lots of people.  Beck fans, indie rock fans.

Sure to disappoint: Nu-metal fans, bitter Beck fans, rap fans.
 



CD Info 

Simple Kid Simple Kid 1
Label: Vector Recordings
Rating
 
Tracks:
Hello
Truck On
Staring At The Sun
Average Man, The
Commuter, The
Drugs
Love's An Enigma
Supertramps & Superstars
Kids Don't Care
Breakups Breakdowns
No News
 
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