Owe You Nothing is the third album by British blues rock troupe Kill It Kid. Owe You Nothing is a hard rock assault which clocks in at forty minutes, it consists of twelve tracks. Kill It Kid released their debut album in 2009 and have since been closely watched by journalists and music fans alike and tipped for mainstream success. Owe You Nothing can be noted as an album with much commerical appeal which showcases the stellar vocal talent of lead singer and guitarist Chris Turpin and pianist and co-vocalist Stephanie Ward.
The influences of Kill It Kid are pure Americana. Chris Turpin is noted to have been heavily influenced by blues legends Blind Willie McTell and Robert Johnson. Turpin honed his craft playing “open mikes for pints” before being joined by his fellow musicians to form Kill It Kid. I cannot review this album without noting British musicians emulating blues is not a new thing. Bands such as Led Zepplin and The Rolling Stones made a career out of it. The question is, what more can be done? While Kill It Kid’s album is certainly a more contemporary spin on such music, one could wonder if this is worth listening to at all since it’s all been done before to such a legendery and seminal degree. Blues Rock is a classic rock staple, it’s a cliche of you will. This could go either way, it could go Led Zeppelin or it could go down the route of Blueshammer in the movie Ghost World (2001) ; where misanthropic record collector Seymour (played by Steve Buscemi) looks on in disgust at the blatant mediocrity and lack of authenticity on stage.
Black It Out is a blistering hard rock song, riff heavy and with plenty of gravelly vocal gymnastics. It’s certainly not music that would put you to sleep. Kill It Kid may have a kinship with contemporary bands such as Royal Blood, who’s incredible debut album delighted with it’s revival of hard rock. High Class reminds of me song by Audioslave and Turpin’s gravelly falsetto is definitely reminiscent of Chris Cornell. Lyrically, this album seems a bit middle of the road. The focus is really on riffs and vocals. There’s nothing in High Class that really expresses much. The riffs however, are delightful as are the thrashing drums by Marc Jones. Caroline is a track which seems out of place and takes it down a notch in comparison to the previous. Turpin’s vocals are quite beautiful and the track has a radio friendly quality about it.
Tired of The Way You Want To Live is one of the “bluesiest” songs on the album complete with slide guitar. The track stands out for me mainly because it finds the perfect balance between both vocalists. Don’t It Feel Good showcases the electrifying raspy vocals of Stephanie Ward. It’s one track in particular I enjoyed off the album. The vocal delivery is lustful and the track itself is laden with more of the band’s blistering riffs. I would also note there is a harmony between the styles of the two vocalists and both are very capable of carrying a track individually. There is however, something about this album that feels notably watered down and trying a lot at the same time which is frustrating. Owe You Nothing has much commercial appeal and I would expect a lot from this band live. Finding the balance between bluesy authenicity and commerical appeal is hard. I feel like Kill It Kid have tried to hard here. The album has some great moments. I’m just not quite sure if they have the singles like a band like Royal Blood. They are however, better than Blueshammer. This album will divide a room. I’d give it a strong five or a six out of ten.