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Kissin' Black - Heart

Kissin' Black
by Dan Mailer at 31 October 2014, 2:57 PM

Acoustic rockers KISSIN’ BLACK present something a little different with their mix of cultures coming together to form something with a bit more attitude than your usual acoustic act, featuring bass guitar and drums and a bit more grit. Their album “Heart Over Head”

The album opens up with “Blues:Unpardonable” which as its name suggest, is quite a driven bluesy track with some nice guitar riffage and a nice sense of dynamics. The vocals are quite interesting and tend to drive the songs along more than anything else other than guitar.  “Borderline” offers more of a contrast to this track, with a bit more of a laid back sound and some nice emotive vocals in a cool chorus. There are also some really nice bass guitar parts here.

The album covers a nice variety of styles, from the almost Southern stylings of “Ella-Marline” to dark brooding tracks like “Can’t Stand You Anymore.” For me, one of the highlights of the album was the track “How It Ends” which has a nice sense of build-up and a nicely layered chorus.

The album ends with “Goth Has No Name” which opens with some nice atmospheric piano chords and some interestingly performed vocals too. This closes the album nicely with a contrasting to sound to most of the album which makes it end in an interesting way.

The production is pretty good, you can hear everything that’s going on well enough, and the guitars and vocals in particularly shine here as they would tend to do in an acoustic style album, with some nice moments from the rhythm section that really add depth.

Heart Over Head” is a solid album, with some interesting songwriting and a nice sense of variety.

3 Star Rating

1. Blues: Unpardonable
2. Borderline
3. Ella-Marline
4. Marrakech
5. More Than Life
6. Recitation Blindfold
7. Can’t Stand It Anymore
8. Wild Child
9. How It Ends
10. Sex Is A Drug
11. Heart Over Head
12. Fiore
13. Goth Has No Name
G. mastrogiacomo – Vocals
S. stomeo – Bass
R. meyer – Guitar
Dr. Spiga – Drums
Record Label: Motor Entertainment


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