Those Kodiaks (Green)
Reviews For Those Kodiaks (Green)
On its second album, Adelaide group Those Kodiaks has
knocked its eclectic sound into a more definite shape, recognisable as
acoustic pop music. Of course, there are major stylistic nods to folk
traditions, country picking and the signature of blues cool, but virtually
every song is nailed down with a melody and a hook that catches your attention
every time. If there is a unifying thread to the Kodiaks' music, it is
the power of voices. All five members contribute lead vocals on the album,
giving the gamut of pop songs an interesting diversity. At times, the
wild extremes are unnerving - jumping from the quirky folk of King's Row
to the raw bustle of Running Like Americans, or the smouldering torch
blues of Because of the Night to the breakneck bluegrass of Riding this
Train - but they make for a fascinating record. The band's philosophy
is obviously not to be bound to one style when it can tackle them all.
With results as strong as this, who's likely to argue?