Kids In Glass Houses - Peace
Few bands survive the aftermath of record label collapse but Kids In Glass Houses not only live to tell the tale, fourth album Peace sees them rise, phoenix-like from the ashes. Their first new material since 2011’s In Gold Blood, there’s a sense of a band having grown up, matured and knowing that their destiny lies firmly in their own hands.
The album flirts effortlessly through the rock, dance and indie genres before coming to an emphatic finish with ‘Nightcrawler’. ‘Drive’, with its huge hooks and catchy melody, screams for a live workout. ‘Set Me Free’ (surely being lined up as a single?) seems like a clarion call, the track that nails their new ethic, and while even the obligatory ballad (‘Stormchasers’) reads as corny on paper (“Don’t you know some storms are worth the rain?”), the new-found sentiment enhances the case for KIGH knuckling down and taking their career seriously. Peace feels like their most coherent piece of work since their debut. Could this be the one that makes general public sit up and notice Kids In Glass Houses? On this showing, it should.