This is the Kit, “Moon­shine Freeze”

The Denver Post - - LIFE&CULTURE - mid-ca­reer. — Gra­ham Am­brose

“Fake” is the most lac­er­at­ing of all in­sults in lo-fi, a style that too of­ten val­ues DIY pro­duc­tion over good lis­ten­ing. “Moon­shine Freeze,” the fourth record from Paris-based alt-rock group This is the Kit, headed by the Bri­tish singer-song­writer Kate Sta­bles, seems au­then­tic in ways that angsty folk artists of­ten feign. Sta­bles tells sac­cha­rine if for­get­table sto­ries with an im­pres­sive orches­tra of sounds — banjo, man­dolin, horns, vo­cal har­monies, mara­cas — while leav­ing the edges rough. She per­fectly dou­ble­tracks im­per­fect vo­cals like her moody rock fore­bear, Len­non, giv­ing a coarse ve­neer to stu­dio pre­ci­sion. Most of the 11 tracks, though, can be writ­ten off as pleas­ant, un­mem­o­rable and nearly numb­ing. Luke­warm opener “Bul­let Proof” is agree­able but lacks fire­power. At the other end, a rau­cous “By My De­mon Eye,” asks hol­low ques­tions (“What am I to you? / What are you to me?”) that an up-tempo bal­lad in a ma­jor key seems to set­tle any­how. Fans will be pleased, but save the re­deem­ing ti­tle track, “Moon­shine Freeze” lacks the depth or ver­sa­til­ity ex­pected of artists

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