Album Review: Jim Kroft – Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

By on Tuesday, 11th May 2010 at 2:00 pm

If you find yourself searching for new singer/songwriters, then consider Jim Kroft. He’s just released “Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea”, an album packed with the right amount of pop, rock and folk. Pretty brilliant then, eh? We think so anyway.

Take for example Kroft’s second song off the album, “One Sees The Sun”, which kicks off with a wonderful string arrangement that blends ever so well with the driving bass and acoustic harmonies. Halfway through the track we hear Kroft’s vocals take off into the legendary territories of Bowie, sucking the listener into a trance of hypnotic melody.

One of the several highlights coming off Kroft’s work is the splash of pop that blends so well with his originality in his songs. As the music industry on the whole continues to become saturated with sameness, Kroft is a genuine talent that stands among the few who brings his own flavor of what folk-rock should sound like.

The good news is that he does it exceptionally well, too. Album standout, “Guess That’s What The Gods Say” is an up-tempo, piano driven track where Kroft sings in equal frenzy. “The Great Doomsday Story”, meanwhile, shows a sensitive side of Kroft talking of a world gone mad and begging, “Where have all the good people gone?” Fine question there, Jim.

Just as the summer season slowly begins to kick off, this Berlin-based Brit has fashioned an enjoyable album for those long awaited sunny skies. The beats of summer are especially heard in the ‘60s rock influenced “Ragdoll”, and the early days of Britpop is easily recognizable in album closer, “Let Go.”

Kroft has crafted a rather uplifting album not only filled with the aforementioned genres of pop and rock, but also the sensibilities of folk and ballads, making an all inclusive album that is highly likeable for the sounds of summer.

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