A Kiss Could Be Deadly
Farewell


3.0
good

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
August 10th, 2010 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pop punk fused with new wave electronics and huge hooks that only suffers due to the circumstances surrounding its release.

They say that an object that burns intensely is more prone to fizzling out just as quick, and that is apparently what happened to A Kiss Could Be Deadly. Within a year of forming, they had already signed to Metropolis Records and had toured with the likes of The Aquabats, I Am Ghost and The English Beat . Their infectious blend of pop punk, new wave electronics, and huge hooks was earning them accolades long before the release of their first album. Of course, it also didn’t hurt that they had an excellent female vocalist in Lauren Baird. When they finally did release their self-titled debut in 2008 the attention only seemed to increase, but eventually the band quietly removed itself from the public eye. After two years of silence, A Kiss Could Be Deadly has finally returned with a new EP entitled Farewell, and apparently they don’t plan on sticking around for long. As the album name clearly implies, Farewell will be the band’s final release before they disappear for good. Unfortunately, that realization puts the EP under more scrutiny than it would have received as a simple stop-gap release and the final product is a bit of a disappointment. As a swansong release, Farewell’s short duration and lack of new material prohibits it from being the type of ‘going-out-on-top’ product that the band are truly capable of producing.

The two new tracks, “I’ll Be Your Anti-Hero, Baby” and “Only in Darkness” are both excellent songs that effectively fuse upbeat pop punk and electronics in equal amounts, but with more grit than the debut album. Lauren Baird’s vocals also shine on these two tracks as her voice playfully dances over the top of the music. Unfortunately, the end of “Only in Darkness” also signals the end of any new material. Following the two original tracks is a cover of the hit Berlin song, “Metro.” It’s a poppy track that returns the electronics to the forefront of the band’s sound, and fits their style seamlessly. It’s also an excellent choice for a cover because most people will probably recognize the chorus even if the song title and band name don’t ring any bells. The final three tracks are listed as remixes of songs taken from the band’s self-titled debut, but they’re a little more than that. The songs are actually re-worked in order to provide a whole new feel while still remaining true to the spirit of the originals. Their inclusion would be a great way to round out an EP if it was only a stop-gap release, but as the final tracks of the band’s final release they feel a little underwhelming.

It’s a shame that A Kiss Could Be Deadly couldn’t manage to release an entire album of new material. If “I’ll be Your Anti-Hero, Baby” and “Only in Darkness” are any indication of the band’s potential direction, the album would have been great. Instead, Farewell concludes with a cover song and three remixes that, while really good, are just not adequate replacements for new songs. If looked at without considering the circumstances surrounding it, though, Farewell is an exellent EP that contains two great new songs, an well-done cover song, as well as three impressive remixes – but it’s hard to get past the fact that it’s still over too soon, and probably for good.



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Willie
Moderator
August 10th 2010


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Even though I reviewed the EP, I'd still reccomend checking out the full album first.

http://www.myspace.com/akisscouldbedeadly





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Willie
Moderator
August 10th 2010


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ha ha, they're a great band but they're nothing ground breaking so just go into it with the right frame of mind ;)

bloc
August 10th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice one Trey. I liked I Can Be Your Anti-Hero and Metro.

Willie
Moderator
August 10th 2010


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's that "new wave" sound. It's kind of an 80s vibe with the electroncs. It's definitely not going to be for everyone.

SeaAnemone
August 10th 2010


20982 Comments


this sounds like something I could enjoy

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Willie
Moderator
August 10th 2010


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Quite possibly. Check the full length first.

Willie
Moderator
August 10th 2010


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ha ha, I think that's kind of their goal in a way.

BallsToTheWall
August 10th 2010


44805 Comments


Band is perfect for those epic, alcohol consuming late nights in Ft Lauderdale.

pizzamachine
August 10th 2010


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Whoah the singer has a super girly voice.

Cesar
August 11th 2010


2732 Comments


I like the sound of this, will check out LP.

TimeToTurnTheTide
August 11th 2010


208 Comments


I always thought it was "The star that burns twice as bright lives half as long" but whatever. Good review as usual, will probably check this out.

Looking forward to your (inevitable!) review of the new BR album

OhAliceMonster
August 11th 2010


1455 Comments


i thought the EP was somewhat generic sounding, the kind of pop punk that gives the genre a bad image. But from this read, i might check out the album.

Cesar
August 11th 2010


2732 Comments


LP was very good, but nothing special.

Willie
Moderator
August 11th 2010


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ha ha. You guys are acting like I said this was ground breaking or something. It is fairly conventional, but that doesn't mean it's not good.

BallsToTheWall
August 12th 2010


44805 Comments


YA REALLY, ANYONE EPCETING INNOVATION FROM THIS SHOULD BE PEPPERED WITH INSULTS AND COVERED IN FLOUR/HONEY/FEATHERS.

Willie
Moderator
August 12th 2010


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Drinking so early in the day, Balls?

BallsToTheWall
August 12th 2010


44805 Comments


No, actually just finished a fruit salad and making mint leaf infused blueberry water, but I was halfway through typing before realizing it was all in cap.


You ever heard Electric Valentine yet?

bloc
August 12th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ooooh, they're good.

Willie
Moderator
August 12th 2010


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nope, I'll do that tonight.

Cesar
August 14th 2010


2732 Comments


Featured, nice.

I want to check Electric Valentine, Balls almost never fails me.



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