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14 Kt. God (Bonus Track Version)

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Album Review

14 Kt. God marks some pretty big changes for Panther, and not just because this is their Kill Rock Stars debut: adding drummer Joe Kelly, formerly of math rockers 31 Knots, makes a significant difference in the band's sound (as well as doubling Panther's population). Kelly's powerful but nuanced, sometimes even jazzy, drumming pushes Panther away from the eclectic, Prince-worshipping indie dance-pop of the first Panther album Secret Lawns and closer to the dance-punk sound of bands like !!! and Supersystem. While the quirkiness of the band's debut is sometimes missed, Panther's newfound focus pays off on the tight, interlocking grooves of "Decision, Decision" and "Worn Moments," and the sharp hooks of "Violence, Diamonds" and "What You Hear." There's also a more spontaneous feel to some of 14 Kt. God's jammier-sounding tracks, such as album opener "Puerto Rican Jukebox" and "Beautiful Condo." Several songs give Kelly a showcase for his percussion wizardry — one even has what sounds like a water glass solo — and the strings and ukulele on songs like "Her Past Are the Trees," "Total Sexy Church" and "Take Yr Lane" show that Charlie Salsa-Humara hasn't lost his flair for clever arrangements. 14 Kt. God isn't perfect — the synth-heavy ballad "Glamorous War" feels out of place, and "On the Lam"'s faux dub is kind of annoying — but its best moments are more unique than the Panther sound of old.

Customer Reviews

the best panther album so far!

I am a big Panther fan and love both Secret Lawns and Yourself. This, however, is by far the most complete and most coherent record of all of them! My favorite tracks are Violence, Diamonds, Decision, Decision, and These Two Trees. Don't miss them when they come to your town as it's the best live show you'll see all year. I promise.

Better and Batter

I was a fan of Secret Lawns, but I love this one! Adding Joe on drums was a great move. You must see him LIVE.

AWESOME

I saw them live and fell in love. So fly, so great.

Biography

Born: Portland, OR

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Portland, Oregon's Charlie Salas-Humara is essentially the one-man band Panther, who has toured with the Gossip and Ratatat. Known for his unusual chaotic dancing, his eccentric noodlings involve a melting pot of funk, disco, soul, and electro. Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, he moved to Portland in 1995 with his band the Planet The, who stayed together for a decade. At a solo performance night where people from different bands played acoustic, Salas-Humara sabotaged the night with drum machines....
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