Nigel Kennett (rhythm guitar/vocals), Alek Dyrynda (guitar) and Tyson Muenchow (drums) are KENNETT. The three-piece band from Australia recently released Black and Blue.
The album is mix of blues and rock. Kennet has a deep, I’d argue unique, voice. However, he is a man of few words who likes to repeat what he says. I was looking over the lyrics on Bandcamp and a lot of the songs are no more than a couple of sentences. Take for instance the song “Desire” which has a total of eight words. It is kind of ironic that one of the lyrics on the first song is “I got nothing, I got nothing to say.”
These songs go by quickly. The songs never feel drawn out and the band gets in and out quickly. In general the band executes a couple of badass blues progressions and fill while Kennett says his piece.
There were a couple of songs that stuck out such as “Bare Bones” which is a surprising deviation. The song is dark to the point of almost being comical towards the beginning. He sings “Alone on my own two feet I stand fighting / Alone on my own two feet I stand dying / Gone is the truth in my I eyes I am lying / Gone is the truth in my eyes I am dying.”
After “Bare Bones” the band goes back into their unique blues style with songs like “Girl Gone Bad” and “My Baby's Leaving.” “My Baby's Gone” is a slow burner that hits at your broken heart while the title track very well may be the highlight.
It took a little time for me to really appreciate this album. The more you listen to it the more you realize the band has a unique, signature sound. Overall, this album has its moments and one you could put in the win pile.
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