One Man Army

Album Review of One Man Army by Kassidy.

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One Man Army


One Man Army by Kassidy

Release Date: May 8, 2012
Record label: Vertigo
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk, British Folk-Rock

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One Man Army - Average, Based on 2 Critics

The Guardian - 60
Based on rating 3/5

Glasgow quartet Kassidy attract an unaccountable amount of ire, with critics lining up to denounce their 70s-throwback soft rock. Maybe it's that "K"? There seems little other reason for pronouncing them "godawful" when they're clearly not. On their second album, they certainly fall back on derivative harmonic techniques – any resemblance to Crosby, Stills & Nash is, presumably, intentional – and aim for a sweetly emollient guitar sound rather than originality.

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AllMusic - 60
Based on rating 6/10

Released just a year after their debut album, Hope St., thrust them into the middle of the booming folk-rock scene in the U.K., throwback rockers Kassidy return with a sophomore effort that finds them growing their sound into something a little bit grittier, and a whole lot bigger. Looking to defy people's expectations right out of the gate, One Man Army kicks off with "Kallisti" and "Get By," two rockers that find the beardy Scottish band adding a bit of rock & roll swagger to its sound thanks to some slinking guitar riffs and fuzzed-out bass. This kind of opening immediately lets you know that, even though only a year has passed, something has definitely changed.

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