June 19th, 2010
Forget male vocal choirs, the dominant sound emanating from the welsh valleys in recent years has been post-hardcore pop acts hoping to emulate the mainstream success achieved by Lostprophets and Funeral For A Friend. Kids In Glass Houses are no different. ‘Dirt’ is an album that seeks to continue this burgeoning tradition by following in their countrymen’s footsteps step by step.
Following on from 2008’s well-received debut ‘Smart Casual’, the band have toned down the harder, riffed up moments of their first release in favour of a more inflated take on their tamer, commercial pop-rock side. ‘Dirt’ is built around the vocal talents and lyrical hooks of Aled Phillips, who plays the role of the rasping and wailing, girl friendly focal point as needed. Behind the front man is a band that’s shed whatever bite and venom they may have had in exchange for a far more rounded and generic sound. The results are effective if unspectacular. This is Kids In Glass Houses consolidating their position and playing it safe with a batch of songs ready for the radio and tweenager bedroom walls across the land.