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Kick - 'Memoirs'

posted 31 Dec 2013, 07:54 by Paul Woodward
(Escape Music)

Review By Woody

The fourth album ‘Memoirs’ from UK melodic rockers Kick marks their return after a lengthy hiatus. The return of the band does however not see the return of vocalist Nick Workman (Vega) and sees principal songwriter Mikey Jones step up to the vocalist mic. This version of Kick is basically the Jones brothers, Mikey and his constant musical partner guitarist Chris whom have worked together in various bands over the years, I’ve always been a big supporter of the Jones Brothers and it’s good to have them back in the biz. Many will remember the Jones brothers Kick predecessor band Freefall which featured Mikey on lead vocals prior to hooking up with Workman and causing a splash with Kick after been signed to Steve Harris’s Beast Records back in the late Nineties.

Before I go further I have to say, this doesn’t feel like a Kick album at all and I don’t mean that in a derogatory sense, it just doesn’t feel like Kick plain and simple. It’s not just the missing Workman the sound of the band does feel very different in style; initially they were straight ahead melodic rockers before turning to a darker heavier alternative style. ‘Memoirs’ keeps the alternative sound but in a more pop rock vein and far more upbeat musically than it’s predecessors and actually puts me more in mind of Freefall.

Initially I was disappointed by ‘Memoirs’ the first half of which contains quirky alternative rockers and they failed to impress me but the second half of the album, albeit ballad heavy, really won me over with its more obvious smooth sweeping melodies. The strength of the second half hooked me in and helped me stick with the album and the first half does grow on you in time, but it will take a few spins for the magic behind those songs to really sink in. That said it’s in the latter half of the album where the Jones brothers really impress me.

‘Words Of Advice’, ‘The Future Ours’ and ‘Never Lost That Feeling’ really shine out head and shoulders above the rest and whilst Jones is not in the same league as Workman as a vocalist he does a great job on these tunes. They all hark back to Freefall, but with an alt-rock twist to modernise the sound. ‘The Future Ours’ is actually the only track that feels even remotely like Kick, circa ‘Consider This’ and I can imagine Workman singing it.

I think ‘Memoirs’ offers plenty to enjoy if people approach it with an open mind and no expectations linked to the bands history. It is a grower but it’s worth sticking with if you’re looking for some modern pop rock with an alternative slant.

Track Listing: Doesn’t Take Much / Thrill Seeking Junkie / Radio / Come Back / Urban Refugee / Round & Round / Words Of Advice / Highway To The Sun / The Future Ours / Never Lost That Feeling / Nothing More To Say

Album Rating:  7/10

Woody’s Essential Track:  Words Of Advice

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