FREAK KITCHEN

(SWEDEN)

SPANKING HOUR

(1996)
LABEL:

THUNDERSTRUCK

GENRE:

ROCK

TAGS:
Experimental, Fusion, Happy, Technical
"Powerful, surprising, catchy and endearing at the same time, Freak Kitchen touches the most varied fans and imposes itself as soon as "Spanking Hour" as a separate and unavoidable band."
LOLOCELTIC (29.08.2003)  
4/5
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Two years after a surprising and exciting "Appetizer", Freak Kitchen is back with their second album. "Spanking Hour" takes things from where the Scandinavian trio left them but adds a little more maturity. Let the fans of the first opus be reassured, "IA" and his band keep their good mood and their sense of derision, the whole reinforced by a dynamism and a technique above the average. And if the formula based on big riffs, crazy solos, catchy chorus and lyrics with a disillusioned humor, is still the same, the band seems to be more sure of its strength, which allows it to avoid the end of the album slump from which its predecessor suffered. 

Freak Kitchen aligns 3 first tracks that are as many bombs to fragmentation! 'Walls Of Stupidity' hooks you with its big riff and its disillusioned chorus, before 'Haw Haw Haw' carries you away with its pop and funny chorus surrounded by a deceptively simplistic structure with multiple tempo changes. Finally, it's 'Jerk' that finishes the job by alternating fusion verses, catchy chorus and solo flirting with free-jazz.

However, don't believe that Freak Kitchen fired all its cartridges at the beginning because the titles follow one another, varying the ambiences but always remaining catchy. We remain in a set where the good mood prevails, but the Swedes still make us pass by a darker 'Burning Bridges' led by a round and dynamic bass, or by the ballad 'Lisa' both delicate and worrying. For the rest, we will quote some unavoidable ones like the more aggressive 'Taste My Fist' with hilarious rhythmic variations and dealing with the stupidity of some sports fans. 'Inner Revolution' offers us a direct and catchy chorus, a verse alternating two different riffs and a break where each instrument make its solo, while the end of the album comes back to simpler structures, but all as effective ('Dystopia').

Freak Kitchen strikes a great blow with this new album, confirming all the hopes that "Appetizer" had raised and showing a strong and affirmed identity. The trio continues to handle several styles to bring out only a condensed version of what each one can offer of better. At the same time powerful, surprising, catchy and endearing, the combo touches the most varied fans and already imposes itself as a band both apart and unavoidable.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Walls Of Stupidity - 4:32
02. Haw Haw Haw - 4:36
03. Jerk - 4:13
04. Taste My Fist - 3:39
05. Burning Bridges - 4:13
06. Inner Revolution - 3:40
07. Lisa - 4:33
08. Spanking Hour - 4:28
09. Proud To Be Plastic - 4:38
10. Dystopia - 3:46
11. The Bitter Season - 5:40

LINEUP:
Christian Gronlund: Basse
Joakim Sjoberg: Batterie
Mattias Eklundh: Chant / Guitares
   
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