Greg Kihn Band / Greg Kihn

Next of Kihn

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The third album by the Greg Kihn Band (not counting their split live album with Beserkley labelmates the Rubinoos) is the first where Kihn assumes all songwriting duties. Normally, this would be a good thing, but Next of Kihn explains why his earlier albums had so many covers on them. At eight songs in barely half an hour, Next of Kihn is unforgivably skimpy on both time and content. Too many of the songs are needlessly elongated to pad the album out to a reasonable length, thereby robbing them of their power; at under four minutes, the hypnotic "Remember" would be a groovy, atmospheric slice of neo-psychedelia, but at six-and-a-half, it's just tiresome. It's not a coincidence that the best song on side two, the winsomely jangly "Sorry," is the only one that doesn't hover around the six-minute mark. Had Kihn thrown in a well-chosen cover or two that allowed his originals to come in around three minutes each, Next of Kihn would be a '70s power pop gem. As it stands, it's bloated and disappointing.

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