Album review: Kill It Kid - You Owe Nothing
PUBLISHED: 11:30 26 November 2014
Brit rockers wring every ounce of emotion from this debut set - but is it enough?
Singer and guitarist Chris Turpin started KIK after a magazine interview with Jack White inspired him to discover blues forefather Robert Johnson.
But You Owe Nothing is a thoroughly modern, hard-edged, blues-rock beast that draws just as much on heavy metal, rock’n’roll and, when they take their foot off the gas, schmaltzy American rock balladry (the highly-polished Caroline).
That’s no bad thing in itself, but while Turpin’s throaty attack can thrill (opener Black It Out and recent single I’ll Be There First are earth-levelling beasts) he runs perilously close to overcooking it on the likes of Tired Of The Way You Want To Live, and he doesn’t dial down the melodrama on the slowies.
As such, this debut would be a wearing listen were it not for singer Stephanie Ward’s punky but versatile delivery.
It’s put to best use on Don’t It Feel Good, a riff monster where her vocals dance and quiver above the guitar one moment, thrust through it the next.
What keeps them back is the competent and derivative, rather than memorable and original, melodies.