[10 December 2008]
Trying to be influenced by the likes of Travis and Radiohead can rarely be considered bad things, but a band has to have the chops to make sure it’s not a crappy parody. Fortunately The Reign Of Kindo have the intricate melodies and sweet harmonies to pull it off on a song like “The Moments In Between”. Meanwhile, “Breathe Again” sounds a cross between The Fray and Keane, leaning more towards the latter. But it’s a style that seems to crumble upon itself during the jazzy, meandering “Great Blue Sea” which slowly drowns and the equal languid “Let It Go”. That same adult contemporary jazz-pop feel is also apparent on “Till We Make Our Ascent”, but the ascent is rather quick as this falls flat. And sadly “Something In The Way That You Are” doesn’t fare much better. “I Hear That Music Play” is probably the lone saving grace on the album’s rather taxing second half.