|ojotigre||Fecha: Viernes, 2013-09-20, 1:18 PM | Mensaje # 1|
|KICK - Memoirs (2013) |
Melodic Hard Rock fans may remember British band KICK, who were signed to Sanctuary in 1998 and released their great debut ‘Consider This...’
that same year with their sophomore effort ‘Sweet Lick Of Fire’
following some 3 years later.
Much to everyone's surprise - as tours with the likes of Thunder,
Magnum, TNT and record sales were going considerably well - they were
dropped soon after. They put out their third effort ‘New Horizon’
through Majestic Rock in 2004 but it didn't exactly 'kick up' much of a
storm and they broke up shortly after it hit the streets.
Bass player, second vocalist and the band's main songwriter Mikey Jones
didn't sit still for long however. He released a solo album, later with
his brother Chris and Nick Workman (Kick's guitarist and lead singer
respectively) founded Wildkard, another solid Melodic Rock outfit.
The idea of the three to reform Kick aroused in 2011, but with Workman
now busy finding success with Vega (What The Hell! album), the Jones
bothers decided to record this new KICK album "Memoirs" with Mikey on
Memoirs" combines the Melodic Hard Rock bliss of Kick's debut with some
modernity of the band's third recording, but also I hear some hints of
Jones' previous bands XL (late '80s Def Leppard style) and Freefall,
with some Harem Scarem touches.
Mostly uptempo, these melodic rockers have a strong Def Lepp, Stun
Leer, Gun (Scottish band) and Harem Sacrem influences indeed, as heard
on "Doesn't Take Much", "Round & Round", the Thunder-esque "Come
Back" and the harmony-filled "Highway To The Sun" & "Never Lost That
We have AORish oriented numbers in the keyboard infused "Radio" and the
Wildkard-like "The Futures Ours", while the calmer "Words Of Advice"
recalls the XL years. "Thrill Seeking Junkie" and "Urban Refugee" sports
some modern-hard touches like say, Degreed, and 2000's Harem Scarem.
This new Kick incarnation is strongly guitar dominated with occasional
and well placed synths, but what rule here is the profuse use of harmony
As Mikey Jones' leads aren't that clean as former singer Nick Workman,
now they have cleverly arranged the vocal parts reinforcing the main
lines with tons of background vocals which results in a multi-layered,
and at places, 'overproduced' delivery. I don't know you, but I really
"Memoirs" sounds typically nineties British Melodic Hard Rock - in
short, typically Kick. If you like all, I mean all, the bands mentioned
above, there's something of them in this recording, an enjoyable
collection of songs with nice melodies and hooks.
01 - Doesn't Take Much
02 - Thrill Seeking Junkie
03 - Radio
04 - Come Back
05 - Urban Refugee
06 - Round & Round
07 - Words Of Advice
08 - Highway To The Sun
09 - The Futures Ours
10 - Never Lost That Feeling
11 - Nothing More To Say
12 - The Miracle (Bonus Track)
13 - Devoted (Bonus Track)
14 - From This Day On (Bonus Track)
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