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info opinion

The Stiff Kittens

"The Raven Sessions" CDEP

Raven Black Publishing

Genres: rock, alternative rock

band website

May 3 - 9 2004

The Stiff Kittens aren't going to win over any fans with their aggressive marketing techniques (YOU ALL HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A REVIEWER), but their sensible rock sound could become a real crowd-pleaser.  As far as straightforward, hook-laden rock music goes, this is a very solid EP.

"Big Boned" is the first of three songs on this disc, and it's immediately strong - there's nothing spectacular or unpredictable about it, but as far as melodic alt rock goes, you could do a lot worse.  "The Raven," which follows, is similar but less catchy - The Stiff Kittens need to be heavy on melodies, as they don't really have much else with which to distinguish themselves from the crowd.  The EP's third and final track, "Lorenzo the Killer," is reminiscent of mid-90s Lucy's Fur Coat - it relies on the same type of melody and has a similar attitude and atmosphere.  Nice.

The Raven Sessions is an average rock EP with some solid tunes on it.  Interestingly, its weakest point is the song it's named after, "The Raven."  When The Stiff Kittens are piling on the hooks, they are affective.  When their hooks aren't as plentiful - and this fortunately isn't the case with the majority of this disc - they're just plain boring.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 3 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]