The K's - Can't Get It Together
The K's are a pop-rock group playing out of NYC, featuring Dan Kilian (singer-songwriter) currently found in the Louisville, KY band The Uglies. Can't Get It Together is their 2nd release so far. It's a hefty slab of well-played pop, featuring a horn section that adds some effective soul and groove. Certain songs stand out as especially well-written, while sadly a good half of the album is more or less the expected funk-infused rock they introduce early. It's only when they deviate from the expected that they really catch your attention.
Luckily, the opening title track is one of those tracks, coming off as someone playing a Beatles record while slowly melting it down to nothing. Dan's a better songwriter than he is a vocalist, but his voice at least sounds good mixed with the constant backing singers creating smooth harmonies to hum along to. The album really starts to shine between the 7th (The laid-back jamming "Good Man (Most of the Time)) and 9th (the darker and somewhat familiar "We're Never Getting Out Of Here") songs. In between is the excellent "The Mosquito". the best dose of power-pop to be found on the record.
Overall there's alot of material you'll be able to see coming, but it won't stop your toes from tapping along. You'll be amply impressed by the solid song craftmanship, and you'll realize when it comes to this type of nostalgic pop rock, few bands can make it their own and you won't fault The K's for not quite pulling it off. They still offer a pleasant and persistent bunch of numbers on Can't Get It Together, and it's worth checking out for any pop adorer, especially those still stuck on the sounds of The Beatles, Beach Boys and those from a not-so-long-gone era of rock'n'roll.
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