Sunday, August 31, 2008
CD Review: Kav - Blaggers N Liars
Kav - Blaggers N Liars
2007, The Feeling Records
Kav is a singer/songwriter from Leicester, England who carries himself with the swagger of rock and roll monolith. Called a modern-day Jagger by The Guardian, Kav Sandhu projects himself as a prince of rock and roll. His debut EP, Blaggers N Liars was released in April of 2008.
Blaggers N Liars opens with Lizard King, a garage sounding rock tune with layered guitar parts and crunchy distortion. It sounds as if an entire band sings every lyric throughout the EP, which for me is a bit distracting. Up next is the title track, Blaggers N Liars, which starts with a dual percussion part between drums and bass and morphs into a straightforward guitar rock sound. There is such a chasm between the vocals and the music here. Because the lyrics are sung in chorus style, the energy that the songs call for is lost or muted. Even where the music is vibrant the singing kind of kills the energy.
It's not that the singing is bad; it's just nondescript because of the style it’s done in. The music itself has a punk energy to go with the quasi-mellow guitar experimentations. Musically promising, Blaggers N Liars never quite gets off the ground to fulfill its promise. Kav has strong potential, and there are signs of it here, but not enough to get me excited about this particular CD.
Rating: 2 Stars (Out of 5)
You can learn more about Kav at www.myspace.com/kavsonic. You can download Blaggers N Liars through iTunes.