Saturday, 15 December 2012

REVIEW: SPLASH [Kracked Earth]

Hello again folks! I don't recommend albums very often here on KJS-HW [save for those by David Scott-Morgan et al]. I met Martin Kinch of that excellent Roy Wood [and related artistes such as: The MoveWizzard and ELO] web site: Cherry Blossom Clinic via Facebook, but the benefit was doubled when one considers that I also crossed paths with Martin's extremely talented brother Andy Kinch too.

Andy has just written the newly released debut album for his current band: Kracked Earth - which is interestingly entitled: "Splash" - and is self-described as: "... recorded via the internet for the internet age!" This album has lyrics with strong Judeo-Christian themes including redemption, forgiveness, the Millennium et al. As well as fellow band members Simon Dennis and Mark Millin, Andy has worked extensively with many Christian music projects and with many Christian musicians, as can be evidenced here. And, after a period of thought, I've decided to replicate my album review from: ELOBF on here too. 

"Splash" - an album which was recorded on three continents yet written over five years between 2007 and 2012 - is a rock extravaganza par excellence that, as all good albums do, impresses upon the very first listen. From the opening string laden intro on: "Heaven's Gate" to the concluding 2012 'Remix' of: "Simple Man" [the original version can be found on the aforementioned: "Andy's Diner"], this whole album of Kinch written songs and lyrics which vary in style and tempo but deliver that long-lost classic repertoire of thoughtful lyrics [laden with commentary, encouragement, angst, love and hope], driving rockers, instrumental solos and ballads that this writer hasn't even wanted to listen to for a very long time. But he does now! This is one of those albums that needs must be heard.

At over an hours length there really are some great songs on here. Andy has stated that "Strange Desire" was written just after the death of Kelly Groucutt and besides being ELOesque, it would have suited Kelly's vocal talents. Some of the tracks could be Whitesnake yet some could be John Farnham, such is the range of the compositions on here. The thumping rock of: "Run" grabs your attention while the Celtic-tinged: "The Promise" and the beautiful: "Simple Man" are sublime and very much in that 'chill-out' zone. "Into The Vortex/Harvest" enters into the Pink Floyd and progressive rock arena whilst: "Onwards Upwards" and "Freak Show" could be defined as soul and: "Footsteps In The Snow" is just plain marvellous to the ear. This album should satisfy every kind of music lover, ELO anorak or not!

Track listing: [#1] "Heaven's Gate"; [#2] "Can't Live Without You"; [#3] "Strange Desire"; [#4] "Coming Up For Air"; [#5] "Into The Vortex/Harvest"; [#6] "Onwards Upwards"; [#7] "Run"; [#8] "Unconditional"; [#9] "Footsteps In The Snow"; [#10] "Never Walk Away" [#11] "Freak Show"; [#12] "These Days"; [#13] "The Promise"; [#14] "Simple Man"

 Kracked Earth feature songwriter Andy Kinch [Acoustic Guitars/All Keyboards], Tim Lynk [Vocals/Recorders], Elyan Fernova [Drums], Doug Scarratt [Electric Guitars], Simon Dennis [Bass] and Mark Millin [Percussion]. "Splash" also features: Don Schiff [Stick Bass]; Troy Donockley [Uillean Pipes and Whistles] and Butch Thomas [Soprano Saxophone].
Kracked Earth [clockwise]: Andy Kinch, Tim Lynk, Elyan Fernova, Mark Millin, Simon Dennis, Doug Scarratt

"Splash" by Kracked Earth will be available via iTunesamazonCD Baby [and other reputable music outlets] from Tuesday 27th November 2012 thus:

Real Bereans [Acts 17:11] are truly needed; watchmen must warn; evangelists must compel; DO NOT BE DECEIVED and watch that periphery!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 15-Dec-2012

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