Album Review: Kids In Glass Houses – ‘Dirt’ (Roadrunner)

A botched second offering from the Welsh outfit

“We all just wanna be Prince really,” claims KIGH frontman Aled Phillips of his band’s new record. Well, let’s just say ‘Dirt’ falls a bit short of ‘Purple Rain’. Glassjaw or Lostprophets perhaps… but surely not even these two would stoop so low as to collaborate with punk-pop jokers New Found Glory on ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ and Frankie from The Saturdays on ‘Undercover Lover’. And that’s exactly where this Welsh quintet botch their second offering; those two death-by-cringe tracks unravel an otherwise fairly impressive attempt at fierce, stadium-slaying sing-along rock. All young riff-merchants should ask themselves this when making music: would Biffy do it? If the answer’s no, then leave well alone.

Camilla Pia