Kicked in the Head has always been a great band to me. World Domination, although somewhat immature in its skacore origins, was one of the cds that i was brought into punk music with. When Thick as Thieves came out, i was surprised, but pleasantly, as the ska was nearly all gone and was replaced with a unique and varied style rock that had a distinct sound that can only be explained as, well, kicked in the head.
now, a few years later, i anxiously await the new Salita E.P., the first new cd to be put on on their new label, ResurrectionAD. Again, i was suprised, but this time i was a bit disappointed. whereas many critics praised thick as theives for its unique blend of musical styles, many criticized it, saying that KITH seemed confused as to what style they really care to play. It seems as if they've finally settled into a genre, but the results are unfortunately as un-KITH as i could imagine. Gone from refreshing punk-fused rock/funk/ska/whatever to what i can only describe as bad metal with glimpses of "thick as thieves", kith surprisingly let me down.
The disc kicks off with "All the Way." It's not a bad song per se, but it to anything from Thick as Thieves. It's a catchy, mid-tempo rock song reminiscent almost of the slower songs from Offspring's Ignition (i have no idea where i get that, but thats what it sounds like to me). It's got a catchy chorus, and some good music. Overall, it's a decent song, and a pretty good opener, and i assumed that there would definitely be better songs. however, there really weren't.
"Letter" really confused me, as it sounded almost nothing like KITH. Slow, unenergetic, and bland. The music sounds nothing like you'd expect from KITH, and this song is not very good.
"Arizona" is up next, and is available for download from their webpage. This is probably the best song on the cd, as it does have the KITH energy we all waited for. However, there's something about it that i can't quite get into. It has more aspects of metal in it than the old KITH, and i'm not enjoying it.
Up next is "Delilah", another uninspired song that i can't listen to. it's another "letter" style song, with more emphasis on metal, and even less of the KITH enthusiasm we wish for.
Finally, the last song is "Battle Cry". Probably labeled as the "single" of the cd, as it comes in video form as an extra feature on the cd, Battle Cry is another song that i just can't get into. Another song that we only know is KITH from the cd case and Gary's recognizable vocals.
There's just something about this cd that I can't enjoy. Whether it's the lack of energy or the new sound, i hate to say that i can't get into it. Being from massachusetts, i've seen them live, and can only say that they put on a hell of a show, and they're old cds have been wicked awesome to say the least. im hoping that this is just a fluke, and that they keep up the energy and the "thick as thieves" sound on their next one. but check this one out anyways, as you might like it, even if i didnt, and they could use the help, as they lost much of their merch and their vehicle when their van was totalled earlier this month.