Guitar Method

Kid Kilowatt

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Guitar Method Review

by John D. Luerssen

More than five years after it was committed to tape, Kid Kilowatt -- the indie rock supergroup comprised of Cave-In's Stephen Brodsky and Adam McGrath, Converge's Kurt Ballou, and Piebald's Aaron Stuart -- finally unveiled the epic Guitar Method. A lost album structured from songs that were written between 1996 and 1999 and recorded postbreakup, the disc shifts from roaring, expansive rockers like "Bicycle Song" to crunching anthems like "Ted Nugent" and on to lilting, near-ballads like "Memorial Drive" with inexplicable ease. Soft interludes like "Cadence for a Rainy Day" augment the flow of the disc, but the cohesiveness of the material suggests the lads in Kid Kilowatt exited this side project as friends. After all, only buddies capable of putting their differences aside could craft the soaring, majestic "Tug of War," where Brodsky's wide-reaching pipes mesh brilliantly with KK's ace musicianship. Yeah it's a tired adage, but a suitable one: some things really are worth the wait.

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