The only word in the tongue-in-cheek title of Kitchen Mick’s second release that applies to this collection of 14 songs is “Rock.” Though his 2012 debut “Hellbent for Microfiber” was an eclectic mix of genres, the singer/songwriter’s sophomore effort is a straight on rock album with clever tunes that range from triumphant to tragic – often in the same song. This collection stretches from classic and punk rock, to mid-tempo ballads acoustic and hard rock — and even a little country flavor. But the common thread throughout is piano, guitars and plenty of vocal harmonies.
The eponymous opening track is a tribute to musicians everywhere who “didn’t make it all the way,” written in a clear, Springsteen Born to Run-era style (with a sly nod to the Rolling Stones closing the track). The gears switch immediately in track 2. The Hero, is a quick, humorous and self-deprecating pop-punk romp, reminiscent of Green Day and Weezer. From there, the album runs the gamut, from the bittersweet We Only Came to Say Goodbye, to isolation and loneliness of Friday Night, to the tragic acoustic guitar-piano ballad Drown. But don’t let these songs lure you into depression. There are plenty of rockers, like the deceptively funny Pep Talk and the intentionally ridiculous 80’s hair metal homage, GPS Love.
Written, performed and produced entirely by Kitchen Mick, his piano work shines throughout the album.