Something for Kate - Desert Lights

It hardly seems like just under 3 years since the release of their last album, but Desert Lights – Something for Kate's fifth studio album – is here and as I take a stroll through my local record store I can't help but double-take at the cover of the band's last album and ask myself "Wasn't this just released a few months back?"


I have always been a fan of SFKs singles but never quite got around to buying a CD of theirs. The review of their latest offering has given me a chance to see what these guys can deliver on a long-play scale.


Formed in Melbourne in 1994 this trio of musicians has more than 10 years experience under their collective belts. The raw and throaty crooning of lead singer Paul Dempsey has always caught my ear. It has the ability to add that certain indefinable quality to SFKs music that makes it unique. There are bands that are recognised by their music, SFK are one of those bands recognised by their vocals. This is an attribute I find very appealing.


Brad Wood, whose credits include the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins, Pete Yorn and Ben Lee produced the album in the U.S. in mid 2005. The first single "Cigarettes and Suitcases" is SFK at their typical alternative rock best, blending a catchy and melodious chorus with constant beats and a use of light and heavy guitar work. The second single "Oh, Kamikaze" is a more upbeat number one might almost be able to dance to, if one could dance that is.


The overall feel of this album is one of emotional release. Ranging from slow somber ballads to faster tempo rock tracks Desert Lights is an interesting piece of work. There is some sleight repetition on this album with this style of music but overall it is not a bad listen. Favourites include – "California", "Cigarettes and Suitcases", "A Fool's History Pt. 1", "Impossible" and "Statues".

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