Volume 96, Issue 57
Friday, January 10, 2003

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CD REVIEW: Kutless
A Kut below the rest

Kutless
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EMI Music Canada



Rundown: The album cover of Kutless's self-titled LP embodies all the stereotypes of modern "rock" – spiky hair, long sideburns, piercings and the boyish good looks of the lead singer. Unfortunately, the curtains match the drapes – their manufactured appearance translates into the same bland music that embodies most mainstream alternative-rap-rock. These boys preach about lost love, their sob sessions with mommy and ultimately finding the will to go on. Gag.

Key Tracks: The entire CD sounds like one long song – variations are few and far between. Vocalist Jon Micah Sumrall projects the same wail on each track, and the guitar riffs and drum beats take on the same repetitive rhythm. "Pride Away," the only track on the album worth listening to, has a catchy bridge with Sumrall doing his impression of "white boy trying to rap," however, failing miserably at that as well. Tracks like "Your Touch," "Tonight" and "This Time" really showcase the ability of Kutless to tweak song formulas that have worked for others into something to call their own, which is apparently not a good thing.

Sounds Like: Kutless try to flatter every alternative-rap-rock band that has seen any success, with imitations ranging from Linkin Park to Limp Bizkit. Sadly, their homage to these bands falls short, as they end up sounding like an aging Sum 41. Trying to listen to the entire album can be likened to reenacting every stunt performed by the Jackass ensemble – intolerably painful.

–Robert Wong

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