Sound — 10
Phenomenal from start to finish, this record, Kitsch's 3rd full-length, features 13 tracks, that represent a marked step forward for one of New Zealand's best punk bands. The majority of the songs are straight forward punk songs, with the exceptions of "CO2" and "Funereal", being the only two songs that slow the pace of this album. With the addition of Concord Dawn's Evan Short on bass, who also produced and mastered the album, the band has made a huge leap forward from their previous record, "Love Songs for Romantic Punks", which, while being very good overall, had only one real standout track in "11/11", in my opinion. The sound is polished, but raw enough to give the songs some guts. Kitsch have an impressive resume of opening slots, having opened for bands such as Suicidal Tendencies, Hot Water Music, Strung out, The Ataris, The Offspring, MXPX, No fun at all, appearances on The Warped tour and Big Day Out stages.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics cover a number of topics, "Inevitable" being about the pain of the ending of 'relationships' (meaning more than just girlfriends), "Broken Themes" covering the fear of failure, and "stay Right Here" a flat out love song of sorts. The music and lyrics fit together well, and Sam Icke's vocals lend themselves well to the songs. His voice is a tad whiny, but not so much that it becomes annoying, and Ben Crawford and Evan Short's backup vocals are excellent.
Overall Impression — 10
This is a very strong record for Kitsch, much better than their earlier releases. Stand out tracks include "Stay Right Here", the bands current single, "Blood Type Heroine", and "Memory of Me", but all the songs are excellent, save for "Funereal" which is a brief interlude before the final song "The Burning Ground". If this CD was lost or stolen, I would buy it again in a heartbeat.