Plattentests (a German music magazine site) have reviewed our album HERE.
Please see below for Translated version which is frankly hilarious in how it reads in broken English – enjoy.
The Little Kicks/ “Shake Off Your Troubles” 7/10
“Stop trying to be a perfect singer.” With these opening words from “Goodbye enemies, hello friends”, The-Little-Kicks frontman Steven Milne talks to the one or the other musician from the bleeding heart. The pursuit of a flawlessly smooth production or vocal improvisation with digital Pro-Tools sliders means not a few the downfall of the artform music. When a young Scottish indie chapel, with such simple but striking lines, comes into being, it has the best preconditions to be closed into the romantic heart. The fact that The Little Kicks have chosen Obendrein after the legendary, hilarious Elaine dance from the “Seinfeld” episcode, gives the quartet an even better starting position. From a slightly oblique, imperfect, but honest DIY attitude that could be expected, but at least at first sight lacks any trace. “Shake off your troubles”, the second album of the Scots, captivates by elegant, warming indie pop.
The Little Kicks do not have any extra funds. The instrumental “Theme” first shows the span of the soundscape, which with its discreet synthesizer layers and a taut guitar corresponds to the classical repertoire of a British indie band. However, the quartet uses the different sounder elements in a well-dosed manner, creating fragile yet hopeful pop songs. The lead single is “Do not get mad, get even”, whose individual instruments are clearly defined. Through the clear sound, even the multi-voice choruses in the chorus can be splashed splendidly – although they together so wonderfully. The dose here is the art. No annoying sound thunderstorms with guitar noise and punky synths, instead of discreetly placed, electronic influences like in the rather quiet “Often”, which succeeds at the same time a successful violin tightrope walk.
Little to nothing on “Shake off your troubles” has not been there before. The four guys from Aberdeen, who have rented for the recordings in a hut with a view of the legendary Loch Ness, will surely know this. “Gone but not forgotten” is a classic piano ballad of an indie band of the Nuller years and the hittige “Let’s get lost together” with its tightly woven guitar motif used extensively in the eighties. The feeling, however, that spreads songs like the heart-pain-diss-track “Sing about something real” reminds of great acts like the first Coldplay albums, the early years of Scottish colleagues of Travis or the brilliant first work “Love is here” by Starsailor . Rarely did it feel so good to hear the words “I do not want to sing about heartache anymore” from the mouth of a suffering man. The beautiful melancholy is always complemented by smoothen, groovy inserts. It is also not surprising that The Little Kicks have a big hit on the pan in the last album third: “You and someone like me” with its electric bass and the effect-laden vocals to the slightly discreet disco Kracher Even if Steven Milne is really not a bad singer, this shows above all: “Stop trying to be a perfect singer.” Try to fit your musical elements as well as The Little Kicks.