Sound — 7
Outgoing and highly enthusiastic band Mirrorkicks released their anticipated debut, Mirrorkicks. The band is made up of four friends from London that enjoy creating music, and this personality brings enjoyment out of the album. The music is very gritty, and the mixing of the entire album brings out this roughness even more. The guitars are generally put out with a nice fuzzy distortion, which mixes with the big and heavy distorted bass. Edwin Pereira and Anil Kamalagharan bring quite an interesting duo to guitars, with thrashing guitars and low harmonious noises that show off the energy the band has. You and On Tv show the thrashy and girrtyness of the guitars quite perfectly, and other songs like Be Allowed and Podium bring out the softer and more peaceful melodies the band can also produce. The drums are the typical rock sounding drums, with nice and clean fills and mix of contemporary styles to fit with the almost industrialized music. The most impressive song on the album for me, musically, is Lego, there are a mix of riffs and leads that create lovely melodies that catch the ears of many, and is the best example of what the band was truly going for. When the band slows down what they do, like in Podium, the music is easier to follow and enjoy, which was what happened in Lego, with a mix of quick melodies to keep it interesting.
Lyrics — 6
The vocals done by Anil Kamalagharan are pushing the range of his vocals more than half of the time, and this really bugs me. Listening to the opener On Tv can sometimes be a drag due to the fact that the notes are not always at quite the best pitch, but that's where the music makes up for it. At times in the same song On Tv, the almost falsetto vocals do not match the gritty and rough music being pounded behind them. Othertimes, like in Lego, there are just odd endings to words that sound like excessive groans and yelps that again do not make sense. When Kamalagharan takes his pitch down a bit he sounds great, like in Podium. He has a very distinct rock voice that is very pleasing to listen to, of course his falsettos catch you off guard, but he did an overall good job with the vocals.
Overall Impression — 7
Mirrorkicks self-titled Debut is not the best album ever, but it is a decent start for the band. This group of talented musicians can make it on the bigger stage if they were to enjoy their music and learn from their mistakes. Their upbeat personality works great for the live shows, but the album lacks this amazing feel they have for their live performances. A lot of the album the guitars reminded me of Dave Navarro's work, and in all Jane's Addiction and other 90's American rock bands. The band is on the right path though, with a couple of easy to pull anchors they will become a bigger sensation then they already are.