Kittie: Origins/Evolutions

Kittie: Origins/Evolutions ★★★

You come away with a clearer idea of why the band was unable to capture the vicious raw aggression of the second album given all the production compromises, label issues, and line-up changes that followed, and in that context, that record and the avoidance of the sophomore slump seems all the more impressive given the pressure from execs to hurriedly put out a follow-up after the meteoric, unexpected success of the debut when the band members were only sixteen!

Great to have confirmation of what I've suspected ever since 2000, that the chorus backing vocal of the group's first single 'Brackish' was inspired by Static-X!

This is still such a banger twenty years later.