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Album Review

Lines & Color features a brief introductory note on the reverse by one of the Lucksmiths, and this fact alone gives a lot of insight into the band's aims — as their name implies, Kissing Book's indie pop sound eschews catchy jangle in favor of near-cloyingly sweet and occasionally goofy acoustic-based (or clean electric) pop. Of course, this sort of childlike earnestness tends to irritate those outside of the insular twee pop scene, but that makes very little difference — Jen Sbragia of the equally cuddly Softies drops in on guitar and background vocals, Kissing Book tosses out well-crafted and unassumingly pleasant tunes, and the album manages to both polished and bedroom-indie intimate at the same time, making for a release that will surely delight every popkid who's ever donned a shirt with a kitten on the front.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Kissing Book formed in the late '90s in Portland, OR. Led by singer/guitarist Andrew Kaffer, the tender and charismatic indie pop group released the startling debut Lines & Color in 1999 on Magic Marker Records. Jen Sbragia of the Softies provided support on vocals and guitar, while drummer Mike Kaffer and bassist Phil Kim rounded out the band's early lineup. Recorded with the Minders' Martyn Leaper, the album was an instant hit on American college radio, and garnered the band worldwide acclaim....
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