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Kids In Glass Houses - Dirt

Adam F. Kennedy
Adam F. Kennedy 27 March at 13.00
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Perfectly honed pop-rock...

As RS alluded last month, South Wales stars-in-waiting Kids In Glass Houses are about to remove that ‘in-waiting’ suffix with this sophomore album. The title is something of a misnomer, however, because ‘Dirt’ is as blindingly polished as anything from Wales’ US-rock indebted corner. Where debut ‘Smart Casual’ was a sturdy introduction, the arena-sized choruses abound here positively scream next big thing. A handful of dodgy rhyming couplets aside, frontman Aled Phillips displays a way with words that has doubtlessly already soundtracked countless teenage lives. Quotables flow freely, ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ dispensing the particularly choice jibe ‘Fuck yourself into the record books instead, it’s what you were born to do’ from beneath the camouflage of perfectly honed pop-rock. And if ‘Lilli Rose’ doesn’t nestle nicely on daytime radio then the criteria has changed radically. That’s nothing compared with ‘Undercover Lover’, starring Frankie Sandford of The Saturdays; hardcore fans might baulk, but it’s a potential chart crossover gem. Truth be told, we’re being hyper-objective here – give this writer something gnarlier any day of the week. However, by the parameters of their peers, if the big time does await, Kids In Glass Houses won’t get many better shots than ‘Dirt’.

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