Album Review: Kids In Glass Houses – Peace

kids-in-glass-houses-peace-2013-album-coverIt’s safe to say Kids In Glass Houses are back to what they do best, feel good pop-rock. They have always been a band on the verge of hitting the mainstream and with this album they may just get there.

Their début album for the Welsh Quintet “Smart Casual” saw them secure support slots with 30 Seconds To Mars, Lostprophets, Manic Street Preachers and Fall Out Boy, as well as their first headline tour which build a very committed following. The album suggested they were ready for great success even back then.

Their Sophomore album “Dirt”, which included “Undercover Lover” a track featuring Frankie Sandford from The Saturdays unfortunately failed to propel them to where they deserve to be, up-there with the likes of You Me At Six.

Their third album “In Gold Blood” saw them head in a completely new direction, with heavier guitars and darker themes, it only just got into the top 30.

After two years this new offering returns to the roots of their début and what they do best. With anthemic, feel good tunes that are filled with melody that will get the crowds singing along and we can’t get enough of it.

The opening track “Peace” is among one of the best tracks the band have ever released, with its gang vocal chorus chanting “Peace in the valley and sex in my soul, death to my body bury me in rock and roll” it sums up everything the band are about, fun, catchy songs and having a good time.

They chose “Drive as the first single to release of the album, it’s the perfect balance between this and their earlier offering. With its slightly heavier guitar riffs than some of the tracks on the album but still wanting to get you on the dance floor. “Up All Night” reminds us of one of their first singles “Give Me What I want”

The stand out tracks on the album are “Runaways” with its joyful melody and carefree nature and “Novocaine”. The latter proving a nice break from the anthemic roaring choruses, to a soaring emotional love song.

The album sees the strongest vocal performance of Aled’s career so far, full of emotion, power and talent. The album is completely different to anything their peers have put out recently, with most choosing to shun pop and head towards a heavier sound they have gone in the opposite direction, they have taken pop and embraced it and it really does work.

It is refreshing to hear that after the band moved away from the major label that produced their last two albums they have found themselves with this fan-funded offering. Unlike most albums there isn’t a weak link or a track that you can’t just sing a long to.

If I have one criticism of the album, it’s not long enough. Kids In Glass Houses have proved they are back and they are here to stay.

Written by: Samantha Stott

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