Kids In Glass Houses - Dirt
Release Date: 29th March, 2010
Record Label: Warner/Roadrunner Records
Dirt is Kids In Glass Housesí second full length album after the successful Smart Casual was released back in 2008. Since then fellow British pop/punkers You Me At Sixís popularity has gone through the roof, and with the quality of the latest offering from the Welsh quintuplet they will surely both be battling it out for the crown. It has felt like an age since Kids In Glass Houses released new material and I wondered how relevant they would remain in the fast developing music scene.
After a two year stint away from the studio and touring Smart Casual like nobodyís business, I was able to witness some of the new album material when attending a recent Lostprophets gig. Kids In Glass Houses have grown in more ways than one, the material that I heard that night included the chorus storming "Youngblood (Let It Out)" and "Matters At All" alongside the uplifting and inspiring "Sunshine." The coming of age for Kids In Glass Houses is not only noticeable on the record Dirt but the new sound that has spawned from it makes for a much more comfortable live performance.
The voice of Aled Phillips takes a different vein on this second album. It sounds grittier, more natural and untouched. On second track "The Best Is Yet To Come" he adds so much personal style with his new raw singing approach as he rips out the contagious chorus line "Lay down slowly, donít you fool me, Ďcause I donít wanna be alone tonight, the best is yet to come." They are even able to get away with the "make or break" inclusion of vocalist Frankie from pop group The Saturdays on the albumís third single "Undercover Lover." The slower songs on the album "Giving Up" and "The Morning Afterlife" are powerful and rousing which allow the album to boast variation.
These are all positive signs that Kids In Glass Houses are not only evolving as a band but also in sound, stage presence and intensity. Dirt is not only an improvement on the previous work, Smart Casual, but is the result of a smart band taking quality time to deliver quality songs.