‘The Murmur Years’ – Something For Kate.
So for my very first review, I thought that I would tackle one of my favourite albums. I feel a little ‘weak’ in choosing this album as it is a ‘Best Of’ album; and let’s face it, ‘Best Of’ albums are always going to be great, so there’s never really much to critique.
* … and I would just like to point out that I’m not usually a huge fan of ‘Best Of’ albums because I feel that you don’t get to quite experience all areas of the band; only what is popular – and a bands best music isn’t always what is popular!
I would like to introduce ‘The Murmur Years – The Best of Something for Kate’ – Something for Kate.
I don’t know where to start on this album…
Something for Kate is a really talented Australian band.
* I like to steer clear of using ‘genre specifics’ because I feel that any person who is genuinely interested in music does not conform to genres of music, and just likes whatever pleases their ears; however, for those of you who might be researching this band, I would probably classify this band as ‘indie/rock’.
The reason that this ‘Best Of’ album is so great is because ‘Something for Kate’ (SFK) is a band that expresses their full musical potential in each and every song. It is a very rare case of ‘What you hear is what you get’. Regardless of which of their songs are grouped together on an album, the sound and the quality of the lyrics are outstanding; any album of theirs will always express their incredible talent.
If you’re looking for a slightly grungy, melancholy, colourfully artistic and raw sound, then I would definitely recommend that you listen to this album.
The lead singer, Paul Dempsey, has quite a rough voice that can be curled and twisted in so many different ways. You can really hear this in ‘Cigarettes and Suitcases’. He never strains his voice because it just goes up a gear into the next phase. His voice is rough and very powerful yet quite playful in my opinion. He has an extraordinary ability to tangent his voice in a direction completely opposite to the music (‘Jerry, Stand Up’) and it sounds incredible. The lyrics are very singable and really clever. Not what you would expect; for example,‘Beautiful Sharks’.
There is not a lot of technicality in the music, however; it is a classic example of simple yet effective. There is quite a lot of range used in the base (from a scale angle) and is accompanied quite well by the drums which are fairly basic. You can forget about a melodic guitar because SFK is all about rhythm. When the melodic guitar is used it us usually for a repeated phrase throughout the song – there isn’t much diversification there; ‘Hallways’.
The music is very clever actually. The chords do not follow the usual pattern, and go off on very tasty tangents bending into minors and clashes; its one of those bands that you would sound absolutely stupid singing to in a crowd if you didn’t know the music well enough – trust me, you just would not be able to keep up – ‘Three Dimensions’.
There are bands that create music, and there are bands that use music that others have created; progressions, chords, lyrics etc. I can say that without a doubt, SFK CREATES! They are headed somewhere different with every single one of their songs.
In honesty, some of their music takes a little to get used to. It’s definitely not ‘off the shelf’ stuff, and it is very different in a lot of respects.
I would recommend SFK (not just this album) for anyone with a matured musical pallet and a deep appreciation for creators.
I give this album FOUR STARS.