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Fearless by Kasino

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Reviewed on 1st May 2002.



By Kasino

Here we have ten diamond white 80s pop songs with mighty swirls of darker third millennium awareness. It's right in the great Scots tradition of Simple Minds, Big Country, del Amitri, Lloyd Cole and Cosmic Rough Riders. Power pop? Stadium rock? Whatever. It's epic stuff.

Glasgow's Kasino seem to invite comparisons with big names, but they do a great version of themselves. Every track has a different killer guitar sound and the voice blazes out like something on fire. The songs are totally convincing, and the mood charges onwards like all the best drivetime rock and roll albums. Big in America? It should be.

They don't piss about pretending to have an "attitude" or a problem with pleasing the crowd. They go straight for the emotional jugular and stay there. The melodies tear you up and the rockier numbers go intravenously to the bits that leap up and down.

My own favourites are the reflective things, like the gorgeous "Shy" and the more adventurous songs like the great "Pigfear" which seems to connect with Mark Linkous' "Pig" in title and in the way it scuffs up the vocal.

But altogether the joy of this stuff is that each song is distinct, well formed and unmistakably Kasino's own. No fillers, no derivatives, no rubbish. Play it loud and shout along. Fall in love with guitars all over again. Forget your pretentions. Try to ignore the duelling hamster banjos.



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