Something For Kate
Desert Lights


4.0
excellent

Review

by doug USER (78 Reviews)
August 31st, 2009 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Since when was writers block a problem?

When Something For Kate first formed, they were considered to be a more of a full on rock group, though as the years have progressed things have changed and they have become what some consider as folk pop. Though on their fifth album Something For Kate are able to merge both these genres together and create what they have called Desert Lights.

Their previous release The Official Fiction, - an album that this reviewer adores too much for his own good - left the basic three piece sound that they had stuck to for so many years, by adding orchestral arrangements to many of the songs, though Desert Lights returns us back to the original Something For Kate sound. When recording this album, it was no secret that Paul Dempsey had suffered a case of writers block, though on the opening track ‘California’ he sings, with much sarcasm "It’s a beautiful life" and by the end you as the listener are quite confused to whether Dempsey is trying to force himself to believe it since his lyrics are often plagued with many depressing references.

As the album continues through each track, new sounds appear that you can’t quite compare to anything else. And it becomes obvious that this band is taking things to a completely different place. ‘This Is The Life’ with Dempsey’s beautiful voice floating above the driving guitar, and then there is ‘Was Outed To Sea’ with an almost lullaby like piano accompaniment giving Something For Kate a totally different sound. The band also keeps the melodic feeling that they showed with their past two albums, but unlike the others these songs seemed to be soaked in darkness. The passion of the band is also at large here and makes Something For Kate’s previous outings look like a happy Christmas day.

Desert Lights shows even with a case of writers block, Something For Kate are still some of the best writers in the business. Instead of sitting with the common trend they do things diffeerently, with intricate melodies and guitar solos that you can tell Dempsey has spent hours thinking over. Plus Stephanie Ashworth’s smooth bass lines and Clint Hyndman’s erratic drumming and you have a band to be reckoned with.

Backing up the amazing release that The Official Fiction is, it was always going to be a hard task, and even more difficult when Dempsey, the bands main contributor is suffering writers block, though Something For Kate have added quite a fantastic album to their catalogue with Desert Lights. This is poetic depression at its best.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Douglas
August 31st 2009


9174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So what? Im a fan boy.

Vooligan
August 31st 2009


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good album this, i remember playing it heaps when it first came out.

Douglas
August 31st 2009


9174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it is pretty swell.

klap
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2009


10545 Comments


looks very intriguing

Digging: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

Knott-
Emeritus
August 31st 2009


10198 Comments


haha gonna say,

"So basically, you love this band."

:D

great review, is on my list.

Douglas
September 1st 2009


9174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha thanks man!
Highly recommend The Official Fiction, before giving this a listen!
Then check out Paul Dempsey's solo stuff!

Spare
September 1st 2009


5357 Comments


get beautiful sharks first dammit, then this, then echolalia, then the official fiction. DOUGIE IS WRONG AND ALWAYS WILL BE WRONG.

but naw srs tight review. down the garden path is the best song.

Douglas
September 1st 2009


9174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha man my SFK listening's are soooo much better then yours.
Thanks dude.

Douglas
September 6th 2009


9174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So yeah beautiful sharks is now my 2nd fav

AtavanHalen
September 6th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Are you going to review it?

Douglas
September 6th 2009


9174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah man the review for it already is pretty awesome.

AtavanHalen
September 6th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What about Elsewhere or Both Your Questions?

Douglas
September 6th 2009


9174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

We shall see, thinking of doing Cat Empire - Two Shoes atm since the review for that is a joke. Though going away for 5 days, so ill see what happens on saturdayyy

AtavanHalen
September 6th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, alright. The first album is so much better than everything else they've done by a long stretch, though.

Douglas
September 6th 2009


9174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah i know, probs around 3/3.5 other then the 5 the douche has given it.

AtavanHalen
September 6th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's actually close to a 4.5 for me. The musicianship is insane.

AtavanHalen
September 6th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh wait yr talking about Two Shoes yeah that's about a 3.5

Douglas
September 6th 2009


9174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, yeah my bad. Yeah 4.5 for SFK debut.

Piglet
January 7th 2010


4662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seeing your fanboyism i couldn't resist buying this and the offical edition



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