Kissin' Black - 'Heart Over Head' (Motor/ H'art) Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Phelps   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 03:20

kissinblackcoverKissin' Black are a rock band with a difference. While they take on the traditional stance of vocals, drums, guitar and bass they have in fact switched out the electric part of the guitar equation and replaced it with a little acoustic number. It gives their rock sound a distinct country style.


It's an interesting dynamic but just how long a line Kissin' Black will manage to walk with, what seems to be, a pretty one dimensional style remains to be seen. For now at least, since 'Heart Over Head' is their first album, we'll cut them some slack and focus on the positives. And there are positives. Opener 'Blues: Unpardonable' wastes no time getting the dust flying with acoustic vibrations whipping up a storm of rhythm and bass-heavy blues.


'Borderline' follows with more of a melancholic feel to the structure. Laid back and fluid it takes more of a smooth strumming path than the brash opener and shows that Kissin' Black are happy and confident to embrace all stylistic elements. And by the time we get around to 'Marrakech' I'm starting to think my initial fear about this band being restricted by their simple acoustic approach was probably unfair and way off the mark. It's becoming apparent that 'Heart Over Head' is capable of offering much more than expected.


The rolling bass intro of 'Can't Stand It Anymore' sets a dark atmosphere before brooding vocals reminiscent of Crash Test Dummies' Brad Roberts revel in the raw nerve magic of Kissin' Black's deeply personal lyrics. 'More Than Life' is another great example of such open lyrics as it takes us through a journey of loss and reflection via broken relations. In fact many of the lyrics throughout 'Heart Over Head' revolve around with the human condition it's something that strengthens the quality of the work here.


There are moments that will resonate with many who give these guys a chance, even if the acousticness of the tracks may prove to be a stumbling block for some. You'll find that none of the songs here are actually crap if you give them a chance to grow and endear themselves to you. They are each are worthy of inclusion in their own right but I will admit that once or twice I myself found myself wishing that maybe Kissin' Black could kick it up a gear with a big chunky riff to push a song that last mile.


That said, at the end of the day Kissin' Black know how to rock calmly and with 'Heart Over Head' they've done well to cut themselves a nice little niche for the time being.


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