Slightly disjointed at points, Arms Of Kismet succeeds in
taking the singer/songwriter formula and making it wholly personal.
A cross of Beck and Grant Lee Buffalo, AOK varies upbeat
and low paced songs to create a solid album of drawl-infected folk-rock
stories and themes that stay interesting due to the non-linear involvement
of other instruments. Here there is a synthetic keyboard, there it
is primarily drums, but nowhere does it overlap in essence or form,
showing an apt approach to usage of all the elements at their disposal.
Changes internal to each song don't vary as much as they do from song
to song, but AOK make up for this fact by the shear originality invested
on this record. In particular the use of the synthetic drums and keyboards
are interesting for the way they fill out the space yet sound artificial.
Normally I wouldn't like the fake sound of such instruments, but here
it is used to almost thumb their nose at such conventions and create
a viable end result.
While not a definitive must have for every soul out there, this is
well worthy of consideration for those that are intrigued by what
I have said above.
1. Auriculara (Listen To Me)
2. Outbound Train
4. Listen (To This)
6. Life Imitates
8. Listen (To That)
10. Pinnacle Of Some
11. Listen To You
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