Writer: Mathias Ruge
It has been a good four years since the last full-length release from Kim Munk and his local Århus band The Broken Beats. Knowing that all good things come to those who wait, the expectations have been high towards the release of All Those Beginnings.
Back in 2009 the five band members were touring both Denmark and Europe, with especially the German crowd loving their playful and experimental rock tunes. They had just released You’re Powerful, Beautiful and Extraordinary from which The Rules already was a major hit single. With high potential, international attention and catchy tunes the future was bright and limitless.
All Those Beginnings is the follow-up album to the band’s EP Only Love released earlier this year, including the first single and radio hit So Tell Me. The new album carries on the sound from the EP with love, loss and guitars. The vocal of front man Munk, is still cheeky, unique and filled with passion but the tunes has grown since You’re Powerful, Beautiful and Extraordinary. Even though guitar riffs and strings still is a main component the sound is tighter and more grown up. The sometimes overwhelming and diffuse sound, for which The Broken Beats is loved and hated, has been tightened up and the production has a clearer cut. This does not, however, mean that the album lacks contrasts. Only Love drags your mind back to some of the newer James Bond themes while Entering Love is upbeat energetic and easily identifiable with the band’s former hits.
The lyrical sphere revolves around love in all its facets – from the dreamy and ecstatic art of falling into it, to the bitter realization when it disappears. Kim Munk manages to steer clear of the most common clichés which all in all leaves the lyrics both easy digestible yet intriguing. However, the quality of the songs varies to some point. Where tracks as Perfect Sky and Breakup has instant hit potential, the high quality is not quite met throughout the whole album. Minor faults like this do not spoil the general satisfaction with the impressive and breathless soundscape.
In the end All Those Beginnings is a lot like The Broken Beats as we know them: energetic, charming and showing great overall quality. It is clear that some progression has occurred, both to style and production, but the basic recipe is the same. And for that they deserve the credit. The album hits the stores on the 30th of September, but don’t forget to show some local support when their autumn tour takes The Broken Beats to Radar on the 1st of November.