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What’s Your Damage?

Posted in Kosheen,Music Reviews by M on March 27, 2007

I tried last year to enjoy the music of Kosheen. I love two singles that are covers of Kosheen songs, but never got into their original work. As you can see from the links I encountered, this makes me evil!

Many months later, the good people of Kosheen have a new album: Damage!

The album cover to Kosheen's Damage

Too bad it isn’t any good. Damage does nothing to budge my opinion of the group.

I know, I know, Kosheen isn’t trying to rock out or anything, but even mellow electronic music needs to have something distinctive. Damage tastes like a manila folder. Siān Evans spouts inane lyrics in a colorless voice. Each song—each chord change even—is tediously uncreative, beginning with faint faint synthesized strings followed by outdated drum machine patterns. Kosheen honestly seems afraid of their own instrumentation!

The album’s first single is the second track, “Overkill”. I suppose it’s distinctive. Because Siān actually raises her voice. And there’s an electric guitar.

I don’t hate Kosheen for lacking flavor; they can do what they like. But I honestly can’t see any reason to recommend their work. I have a similar problem with Moloko, who only seemed cool when Mousse T got his hands on them.

When the inevitable remakes of songs from Damage come around, who’s gonna pump some life into these tracks? My vote is for Dave Guetta. He’s been “dancin’ and cryin'” lately. Kosheen doesn’t inspire either.

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Kosheen Conundrum!

Posted in Blank & Jones,Dance,Kosheen,Music Reviews by M on August 15, 2006

URGH reader Chris gives us the facts you should know!

You realize that “Catch” was originally penned by Kosheen, and not by Blank & Jones.

I did realize that, soon after my original post, thanks to these Perfect Beat reviewers. I was going to follow up with that information, too, until I heard some of the original Kosheen “Catch.”

Because I didn’t like it.

And this isn’t the first time! Years ago, I shrugged my shoulders at Kosheen’s “Hide U”—not bad, a little monotonous, but a decent effort. Then Suzanne Palmer did her own cover of the song, and I approved! But random Amazon.com reviewer thinks I made a big mistake!

Anybody who likes this version has no respect for artists/songwriters. … I know some people prefer Suzanne’s vocals, that’s nice and all, but this is analogous to someone who studies hard in school, writes an exam and the person sitting next to them cheats off them and they get the same mark…it’s ethically wrong.

Wow! I’m one step away from Judgement at Nuremberg!

One of these days I’m going to have to give the entire Kosheen catalog a fresh listen. Because this makes two Kosheen songs I have dissed and dismissed—and then applauded the covers. Siān Evans deserves better!