Kind Of Bitter - Regrets

11 songs
43:59 minutes
***** ****
Play/Rec / Tumbleweed


Do you believe in super-groups? Yes? Also if the band members all come from obscure Danish bands? Well, in the age of global communication, I can pride myself to know at least two of the originating bands, namely Barra Head who are rather popular with their angular hardcore and even once played at the Kulturfabrik in Esch, and The Magic Bullet Theory which I remind to be a dirty rock'n'roll band. The two other guys are from The Unit and Menfolk, two bands I am not familiar with, but it seems already from the beginning that these different backgrounds have to make for an even more different kind of music.

As a matter of fact, the guitars come mostly undistorted, the vocals are sung and not screamed, and instead of portraying a macho sex, drugs and rock'n'roll image, you get a melancholic, introverted indie pop album. Once past the first shock experience, you will notice that this is unlike the recently reviewed Mist album not some slowness for slowness sake album, but something with real substance beneath the sad surface. The opener Dead Fight is a wonderful pop song, and where many reviewers like to compare The Kind Of Bitter with Elliot Smith and Codeine, I felt closer to the mellower Posies stuff. The second song made a lot of controversy. OK, Womack and Womack are not what you expect to be covered by a band with a solid rock'n'roll background, but just refusing to like a song because it used to be crappy soul pop is not the way I feel about it. It is the cheesiest moment on the album, but also shows that nearly every pop song has some virtue in its heart. From there on it's most very quiet, as seems to be popular in Scandinavia right now (thinking of Kings Of Convenience and Jens Lekman). I Doubt I Have A Heart is rather rocking again.

All in all Regrets is an album for the long and lonely hours of the evening. It is a sad, melancholic affair, I admit that much, but The Kind Of Bitter always know how to get things moving again whenever you are ready for it. Most "super-groups" never reach the quality of their originators, but The Kind Of Bitter are the rare exception to the rule: a wonderful albums for fans of slow indie pop, sad core and lo-fi sounds.

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