Essentially, Kubb are a vehicle for showing off the striking voice of frontman Harry...
Richard Banks 2005
Essentially, Kubb are a vehicle for showing off the striking voice of frontman Harry Collier. The story goes that he was working in an organic café in London one night when Rollo from Faithless popped in for some birthday grub. Roped in to sing by his fellow staff, Collier proceeded to blow Rollo away with his performance of "Happy Birthday".
As fishy as the story sounds, Collier's voice certainly backs it up. In terms of power and range, he closes in on Jeff Buckley territory, whilst the delicacy of his delivery matches that of Muse's Matt Bellamy.
It's a shame, therefore, that Mother feels derivative and fails to inspire on the whole. In a market already saturated with weedy male singer-songwriters (Blunt, Powter) and wimpy indie kids (Keane, Athlete, Starsailor), it's unlikely to get noticed. "Someone Else" is ripped directly from a Buckley songbook, while "I Don't Mind" seems to borrow the beat from The Chemical Brothers' "Setting Sun" and mix it witha wandering vocal reminiscent of Revolver-era Beatles.
Radio-friendly single "Wicked Soul" is the album's catchiest number by far, but little else leaves a lasting impression. Collier would do well to ditch the studio writers and pen something more heartfelt next time around. There's no doubting his talent, but the songs on Mother have let him down.