Something For Kate
Beautiful Sharks


5.0
classic

Review

by Douglas USER (81 Reviews)
December 3rd, 2009 | 66 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Something For Kate's most beautiful record...

“She was tracing out lines in the air / To make it perfectly clear / He was swimming with some beautiful sharks”

A perfect record is an achievement that is only established by bands, groups or artists that find structure and conviction in their song writing so profound that it is a must listen and for a band to achieve this on a sophomore release is something special. Beautiful Sharks is the second album from Melbourne trio, Something For Kate. Hailing from Australia, Something For Kate present a indie tinged rock sound that is sure to turn heads.

It is an amazing how much the band have improved and adjusted since the 1997 debut effort, Elsewhere For Eight Minutes. Paul Dempsey proves that he is not just a one trick pony, and shows of some outstanding and brilliant guitar work, along with his always perfect and in-depth lyrical concepts. Every track is a highlight and every single instrument that is used blends well, which make the flow of the album coherent and cohesive. Though the main trick that this band pulls of is that while all the songs fall together so well, Something For Kate are able to write a song or 4 that stand out above the others. Singles, ‘Hallways,’ ‘Electricity,’ ‘Whatever You Want,’ and ‘The Astronaut’ show this.

‘Electricity’ is probably the most well known and successful song from Beautiful Sharks and rightfully so as it negates thoughtful themes penned by Dempsey, though keeps the same rugged feel first found on Elsewhere For Eight Minutes. The guitar tone has a very raw crunch to it along with the vocal delivery, which is delivered in quite a harsh voicing. The drums are heavy and the bass is thick making it quite similar to the older SFK sound, though that is not a bad thing at all. The rest of the album is a complete change in direction in sound for the band, as it follows a more straight-up Indie/Rock vibe, compared to the straight forward rock that was previous SFK. ‘Hallways’ is the perfect example of this. The bass-line is strong, while the drums are quite simplistic but propel the song on while the guitar work is quite dissonant but provide the song to be original in ideas, though lyrically is where the song shines:

“They'll never find us
Painting a self portrait
Painting ourselves into position
We'll scare them off with word play and sweep them under the rug”


Title track, ‘Beautiful Sharks’ is maybe one of the most magnificent songs Something For Kate have written. Easily a stand out for the velvety vibe of Dempsey’s vocals, it is an emotionally charged tune with the songs pacing between slow verses, steady drumming and hazy guitar with some simplistic keys fading in and out making this song epic. As the album goes through track to track you are hit with never-ending moments of brilliance, amazing song writing and intricate musicianship, 'Beautiful Sharks' exemplifies this to the extreme.

Beautiful Sharks to me, is Something For Kate at their highest peak and an album that all indie/rock fans should get their hands on straight away. The flow of the album is stupendous as it shows fantastic vocal harmonies, honest and deep lyrical themes, guitar work that must be heard to believed, plus a rhythm section that never missus an opportunity to shine when need be. Beautiful Sharks showcases the perfect contrast in stylistic song writings and shows them off perfectly. If I were ever forced to listen to one record for the rest of my life... this would be it.

“I watch the people and the cars / It's slow motion / They're beautiful like breaking glass”



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Douglas
December 3rd 2009


9297 Comments

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Okay:

Not needed? Probably

Am I a fanboy? Of course!

Some of my 5's:

Something For Kate - The Official Fiction

Something For Kate - Beautiful Sharks

Paul Dempsey - Everything Is True

Do I care? No!



Anyway, this is awesome. You should get it NOW.

AtavanHalen
December 3rd 2009


17920 Comments


Seeing Paul on Saturday and on Thursday; sweet

Douglas
December 3rd 2009


9297 Comments

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Yeah man I am seeing him on the 18th. Seriously am that excited.

Vooligan
December 3rd 2009


3541 Comments


Cool man. I really need to get some of their albums.

Douglas
December 3rd 2009


9297 Comments

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You sure as hell do. This is obvz a great place to start.

Dreamsoffew
December 3rd 2009


1002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome review Dougie

I'll have to check this out

Vooligan
December 3rd 2009


3541 Comments


They're on the list!

Douglas
December 3rd 2009


9297 Comments

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Thanks Dreams.



Oh and Billy, of course you'll like this if you like Dempsey's solo shiz.

Eclectic
December 3rd 2009


3302 Comments


Good review.
How many of SFK's albums have you reviewed Dougie? you've got to have done at least a majority of their discography now.
Also, I want to get more into SFK, rec me one album.
Thanks mate.

Douglas
December 3rd 2009


9297 Comments

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Cheers! Nah I haven't done EFEM's and the greatest hits, but I will get there eventually just like my Cat Empire discog!



I rec this.

Eclectic
December 3rd 2009


3302 Comments


Awesome, I will add it to the list.
You should do both, just so you can have the honour of doing a band's entire discography.

Dreamsoffew
December 3rd 2009


1002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Would this be the best place to start or another album?

And it's Mel by the way

Douglas
December 3rd 2009


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Well Michael, I will claim the Dempsey discog since that was an LP and an EP! Though at the moment I am just squeezing reviews in between my summer work, but yeah would be good to finish them both off!



No worries, Mel it is! Yeah this is definitely a great place to start. Also checkout the frontman's solo effort. Paul Dempsey - Everything Is True.

Dreamsoffew
December 3rd 2009


1002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've heard that, though not recently. Really enjoyed it, so you've sold me!

Eclectic
December 3rd 2009


3302 Comments


Cool, I look forward to them when you have time.

Douglas
December 3rd 2009


9297 Comments

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The more SFK fans the better! And I will probably time my Cat Empire review right before Pyramid Festival since they are playing there and I will give them a heavy listening beforehand, haha!

Eclectic
December 3rd 2009


3302 Comments


Awesome.
Agreed, the more SFK fans on Sputnik the better the site will be for it.
On a sidenote, I can't comment on my list, every time I hit "submit" it tells me that the comment is too short. Odd that.

Douglas
December 3rd 2009


9297 Comments

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Hmm, that is a bit weird!



Yeah for a while Spare and I were the only ones waving the flag.

Fugue
December 3rd 2009


7371 Comments


Sounds awesome, I'm checking them out now, great review as well.

Athom
Emeritus
December 3rd 2009


17242 Comments


who the fuck is Paul Dempsey



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