Depending on the level of talent and influences a band or artist has, he can afford to keep a record interesting without having to leave their genre of choice. Truth is, most of the music styles today have found the way to somehow “diversify” and create this wide range of subgenres that stick to the original source but change their tempo or rhythms. However, some of this musical limbs have found the way to find and become their own identity, so it’s become a really tricky thing for artists to be categorized under one absolute label. This takes me to our next band and their newest record.
Wild Change by Kalo is definitely filled with fierceness and the change, though subtle, is still there. The band adds new elements on each song so they all feel fresh and unique – however, no matter how much they try (though as you listen through, it doesn’t seem they even do so) to stray away from the Blues, the Blues always comes to them. Bat-Or Kalo crazy, powerhouse vocals reminiscent of other great modern singers such as Emily Armstrong (Dead Sara) and even some icons like the late Janis Joplin; plus her overall presence on this record gives a nice angsty Riot Grrrl to every track, some of them like “One Mississippi” and “Upside Down” are plain down fun while “Isabel” is probably the loudest AF song on the album. The whole material is also filled what any rocker dreams of: insanely solos throw in when you less expected and music that will knock you down and never let you go.
There are any negative comments to throw at this band, if you sit through and let yourself go, some of the songs also makes you feel as if you were listening them live. There’s a rawness attached to every tune on Wild Change that really makes you feel as if you were at one of their shows. It doesn’t feel as one of those many overly produced album released by many acts today, which works perfect for a Blues record.
Criteria - 90%
In the end, KALO accomplishes what only a few talented bands can do, especially -and surprisingly- within such a demanding wild, loud and emotional-filled genre as it is Blues and Rock where we find more and more acts that laid back so much that it becomes tedious and boring. Wild Change is definitely a must listen album for all the fans of both classic and modern rock.