And The Kids
When This Life Is Over


3.7
great

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
February 26th, 2019 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A sweet spot.

And The Kids possess a certain it factor that is lacking in so many modern indie bands. It seems that every week a new female-fronted indie-pop outfit sprouts out of the ground, all slick and sparkly; ready to dazzle us. And The Kids are extremely consistent, sure, but I don’t think that alone is it. There’s a sincerity to Hannah Mohan’s voice that can’t be manufactured, like the way she over-annunciates in order to stress emotion. It’s not too different from something Jim Adkins might do, like when he drew out the chorus in “Heart is Hard to Find” on 2010’s Invented. In fact, I’d go as far as to say And The Kids remind me a little bit of what a female-fronted indie-pop version of Jimmy Eat World might sound like. They know how to craft a hook, every song feels like it belongs exactly where they placed it, and there’s just enough going on instrumentally to keep the experience interesting.

When This Life Is Over sort of melts together; it’s less a collection of songs as it is a vibe. The production is lightweight and airy, but the guitars are pronounced – and the drumming grounded – so that it never approaches dream pop status. Besides, it doesn’t float like Beach House so much as it does glide, almost like shoegaze, but favoring obviously defined vocal harmonies over atmospheric glaze. While gems like ‘No Way Sit Back’, ‘Champagne Ladies’, and ‘Religion’ climb on each other’s shoulders to grip the attention of their listeners, most of When This Life Is Over settles back into a reserved groove. The subtle hooks and choruses could almost pass for pleasant background music, if only they didn’t hold up so well under individual scrutiny too. Every song is uniquely defined by something, guaranteeing that And The Kids aren’t just another glamorous, overproduced, glorified pop band. And The Kids’ third LP never wows us: it never launches into a breakdown or solo, there’s no life-altering lyrics, and few if any of these choruses will be able to latch onto mainstream radio. Maybe they need a little spark to be better than just enjoyable and reliably great. But as they keep searching for their next launching pad, this sweet spot they’ve settled into is undeniably satisfying.



Recent reviews by this author
Jade Bird Jade BirdGlen Hansard This Wild Willing
The Tallest Man on Earth I Love You. It's a Fever Dream.Billie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Andrew Bird My Finest Work YetBlaqk Audio Only Things We Love
user ratings (22)
Chart.
3.4
great

Comments:Add a Comment 
SowingSeason
Moderator
February 26th 2019


30223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Trying my hand at an Adam Thomas review!

Just needed to get something out there for this. A consistently enjoyable indie-pop album.

Digging: Glen Hansard - This Wild Willing

Slex
February 26th 2019


6429 Comments


Hmmmm, will check

Digging: Blessed (CAN) - Salt

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2019


15161 Comments


lmao that album cover def got my attention

nolerthebowler
February 27th 2019


3459 Comments


13/10 doggo

anatelier
February 27th 2019


2611 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is a great and varied album, i have been enjoying it a lot (since before the sowing hypetrain therefore i am exempt)

Digging: Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel

SowingSeason
Moderator
February 27th 2019


30223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

does a 3.7 really constitute a hypetrain though? ;-)

but yeah, this is certainly a good album, probably deserves a more in-depth review but I just wanted to cover the basics and hopefully pique some interest

ProjectFreak
February 27th 2019


3535 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Trying my hand at an Adam Thomas review!"



man i miss the days of redskyformiles and Knott and basically the vibe of 2010 sputnik

anatelier
February 27th 2019


2611 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

puts me in mind of early joy formidable, and the “life is a bastard, it wants to kill you, don’t let go” is quite the indomitable line

Pangea
February 27th 2019


2945 Comments


Nice review. I will give this a shot

Digging: La Dispute - Panorama

ProjectFreak
February 27th 2019


3535 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't get the Jimmy Eat World comparisons at all, but this had enough intriguing moments to merit another spin. 2003 stood out most on the first listen

ProjectFreak
February 28th 2019


3535 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was trying to remember what this singer's voice reminded me of and the answer is Illuminati Hotties, a tiny indie band that you'd probably love, Sowing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhGYBl8YMR0

ReiniEden
February 28th 2019


35 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A lot of people would say that Hannah's voice is pretty reminiscent of Siouxie Sioux.



I'm so glad to see the album I had to add to sputnik on the front page too.

anatelier
March 14th 2019


2611 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

people are sleeping on this, lovely little record

SowingSeason
Moderator
March 14th 2019


30223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

definitely. it's nothing incredible but it's all-around enjoyable with nary a poor track. kind of surprised more people didn't jump on it.

TenebraeInvictus
March 22nd 2019


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Had this sitting around on Spotify for a bit, and I regret not hearing it sooner. Definitely underrated

McTime50
March 30th 2019


834 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

holy moly this album is sweet

Digging: PUP - Morbid Stuff



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2017 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy