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Sunday, August 13

Headlights "Kill Me With Kindess" Review

This Summer, I casually talked about Headlights in this post, but ever since I picked up their debut LP, Kill Me With Kindness, I've been practically obsessive over the band (who I earlier described as "shoegazey dream piano pop rock sound that's full of guy/girl harmonies and multi-layered synths").

The amazing part of Headlights' Kill Me With Kindness is what a full listening experience the album gives you from start to finish. It's one of the few albums this year that I'd prefer to listen to as a whole instead of as individual tracks. For a young band, they really know how to piece an album together.

There's some obvious highlights on the CD, and two of them come early in the CD with "TV" and "Put Us Back Together", both of which have been floating around the internet for some time now. The momentem built with these two songs is tremendous and afterwards the band only let's down slightly. That is, until mid-album when they rip through "Lions", a song that's guitar riff would fit nicely on Cheap Trick's Heaven Tonight. The latter half of the album treats us to an interesting variety of songs like the bouncy "Lullabies" that is premised like many of Spoon's best songs and the Mates of State-ish "Hi-Ya". By the time you get to what is essentially the album's closer, "Signs Point to Yes", you're in shoegaze heaven and all you want to do is put the album in and listen again. Highest Recommendation!

MP3 TV
MP3 Put Us Back Together
MP3 Lions

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Headlights is performing no less then four times in the upcoming months at various locations in the Champaign/Urbana area (their hometown). This is less than a half hour drive for me and I'm hoping to make it to all of these shows. Go here for their full schedule:
posted by Taylor, 8/13/2006 08:51:00 PM | link 3 comments

3 Comments:

Wow this is good. I'm buying the album right now. Well recommended.
I've listened to "TV" five times since I downloaded it. Amazing!
commented by Anonymous Jess, 8/15/2006 04:14:00 PM  
I won the album in a website contest, can't wait to get it!
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 9/01/2006 04:28:00 PM  

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