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South London’s Kitchens of Distinction return with their first album since 1994’s Cowboys and Aliens. No rust formed on the Kitchens, who act as if the past 19 years have changed nothing more than production styles. Where the mid-'80s world was far less accepting of this cheeky trio, the 21st-century world should welcome them with open arms. The psychedelic-backward instrumentation of “Extravagance” isn’t a novel move, but it's an obvious and correct one for layering KoD’s lush dreamscape pop music. Original drummer Dan Goodwin programmed much of the rhythmic support, while guitarist Julian Swales colored the melodies provided by Patrick Fitzgerald (who wrote the songs over a two-year period starting in June 2011). “Disappeared” plays like a classic ‘80s bedroom ballad, with lush electronics creating a cushion from reality. “Japan to Jupiter” chases the ghosts of ‘70s David Bowie. “Wolves/Crows” builds on thick grafts of guitar. “I Wish It Would Snow” shimmers with the sense of a melancholy night.

Customer Reviews

a bittersweet comeback

I am huge K.O.D fan. In their previous albums, I loved the beautiful ethereal guitar work competing with patricks big husky voice. There was real balance in the music, and the songwriting was honest and in your face. The songs had great melody and hooks. With that being said, this is not the comeback i would have exspected. The songs are flat, julians signature guitar work is unrecognizable, and patricks lyrics are horrible and cheesy. The only song that sounds like a signature K.O.D. is "tiny moments, tiny omens. I can appreciate the band wating to go in another direction other than shoegaze, but if the formula works why change it? They were known for that genre of music and quite frankly do not sound proper any other style. Excited they got back together for this, not excited i spent the money on the album.

good to hear them again

the previous reviewer seems to think that bands stop performing but they still have a ton of great songs waiting...somewhere. of course that's completely false 99% of the time. they stop because they're basically done. and KOD stopped about 20 years ago! i still listen to 'Death of Cool' and 'i wish it would snow' on this 'comeback' disc could easily fit on that earlier one. tracks 1,2,3,4 and 8 all sound like good old KOD to me. a mediocre disc by KOD is still far superior to anything i'm hearing new these days. yeah, i've become my parents...

20 years ...where did it go

I find far more connectedness between their earlier music and the new album 20 years hence than the two other reviews. I can "draw a line connecting what they were to what they are now" (apologies to Patrick)

The layers of guitar are still there; slightly less raucous than perhaps on cowboys and aliens but remain haunting, dense and emotional.

Sure the lyrics reflect experience and knowledge that 20 years invariably brings; yet the album celebrates the magic of the past on Japan to Jupiter which captures the magic of youthful clubbing - fitting as KOD was the soundtrack to my own clubbing in my platforms, flares and frilly sleeves.

Photographing Rain beautifully captures the urgency of love and the tragedy of those who are killed for who they love and evokes dark beautiful imagery.

An excellent return by an underrated band that will satisfy (most) KOD fans who've always yearned for more of their music.


Formed: 1986 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '10s

The lush, dreamlike British pop trio Kitchens of Distinction were formed in London in 1986 by singer/bassist Patrick Fitzgerald, guitarist Julian Swales, and drummer Dan Goodwin. Taking their name from a Hygena advertisement, they issued their 1987 debut single, "Last Gasp Death Shuffle," on their own Gold Rush label, signing to One Little Indian after the record garnered Single of the Week honors in the pages of the NME. Two further singles, "Prize" and "The 3rd Time We Opened the Capsule," followed...
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