The thing with Nitkowski is that they’re a little bit like Marmite; you’ll either love them or hate them. Their second album, ‘Stay In The Home You Love’ is a 10-track work of oddly formed songs that sound as though they were strung together in just a few hours, yet somehow some of them seem to actually work out quite well.
The album begins with ‘Crisp Crisp Sheets And Bright Bright Sunshine’, which shows exactly what Nitkowski are about. The song starts off quite well, and gives off the feel that it’s building up to something else. Alas, this does not happen. Further in and the vocals appear, yet they don’t seem to really fit with the rest of the music. They’re mixed too low and sound like they’re recorded in a bathroom. The way they’re sung lacks imagination and sound so plain and boring. Overall, not a great start.
As the album progresses, we’re subjected to many of the same repetitive, under developed songs, sometimes not even being able to tell one song from another. However, there are one or two songs that can really catch your attention, such as ‘Competent Adults’ which provides us with a sound reminiscent of Dream Theater‘s about 20 years ago and a rhythm that finally seems to have some direction. But again, as the song draws to a close and the next begins, we find another repetitive and dry song that just sounds like it was created just to fill space on the album.
Overall, ‘Stay In The Home You Love’ comes across as a very weak record. It lacks the ‘bang’ that an audience should get when listening to a record. The ‘bang’ that will draw them into the music, that will help them remember the music and want to listen to it more and more. There are a few decent moments on the record that show the musicianship in the band being used to its full potential, it’s just a shame the rest of the album is not like this. The instrumental recording sounds solid and it’s mixed well. However, the vocals, again, let the sound down.
Written by David Evans