‘Good Kid 2’ by Good Kid [EP Review]

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Down with the King

Good Kid is a band that I’ve only discovered in the last year and enjoyed their sound, and it made me search out more about who they were as a band. Their big nerds, and it’s one of my favourite things about this band.

This whole song is about Donkey Kong, and I love it so much because who would write a song like that unless you know the passion behind people who play Donkey Kong games? We all know the frustration and the time it takes to play a Donkey Kong game. I especially like that this song, while about Donkey Kong, isn’t alienating. It would be super easy to write this song to have particular references to things in the games or have to do with the characters’ story. Instead, they chose to put references subtle enough not to distract from the song.

It’s ultimately about struggling through a task, and we’ve all been there before. We’ve all had moments where we have felt that someone has something that we need, and we have to struggle our way into getting it. So I like how they were able to be specific enough that fans of the DK games can have some fun listening to the song and understanding the references but not cause people who don’t know the games to feel like they can’t also be part of the music.

The music video is also crazy in general, but if you ever watch it without sound on, it’s a wild experience.

Everything Everything

I love that there are sections of this song that are just drums and vocals.

I love drum so much that whenever a piece highlights the drums, I get excited. I also really appreciate that even though this song focuses on the drums, it isn’t aggressive, which I’ve noticed a lot with Good Kid’s music.

I felt like their music has a very nostalgic atmosphere, and I was trying to figure out what exactly made me feel that way. I think it’s because their songs are always somewhat upbeat, but they’re never aggressive. Even when they get a little bit more chaotic or there’s more going on instrumental, it never feels like there’s a simple emotion involved if that makes sense.

I feel like there’s a lot of complexity in the tone of their songs that I can’t quite put my finger on, but it makes me think many different ways, and Nostalgia is about something triggering a bunch of emotions and memories. So I think the reason I get this feeling when I listen to their music isn’t that the music is connected to a specific memory but because it prompts all of these feelings through their song that I felt those things as an effect. I end up with those complicated feelings.

Not sure how much sense that made. I hope you can listen to the song and understand what I mean.

Slingshot

Okay, I know that I just said that their music isn’t aggressive but hear me out on this one. I am a significant rock and metal fan, so I will always see anything that Good Kid writes as less aggressive.

However, we do have a song that has a more aggressive edge here. I love how growls are in some vocals, which punctuated specific phrases and hit a lot harder than if they had just been sung clean.

I also had multiple times while listening to this album in general, where I was just like, “these guitars are so good!” And this song is no exception. I don’t know how they can write guitar riffs that have so much forward momentum in them that their songs always have this energy. Even when there are slower parts to it, it still feels like it’s rushing forward. I don’t know their magic for writing guitar riffs, but I would be so thankful if they could clue me in on it.

If someone could do a heavy rock cover of one of their songs, it would make my day.

Pox

I think this might be my favourite song on the album.

I love ‘Drifting,’ and I’ve had more time to listen to it and grow to love it.

So when I listen to new music, I tend to listen to it while I’m going on a walk. I find that it’s easier for me to listen deeply to something if I’m doing something with my body because I don’t know how to sit still and not fidget, so that’s how I sort through new music.

And I stopped walking to listen to this song.

I love that it comes after ‘Slingshot,’ which has a more aggressive and chaotic sound to it, and then you get this very reflective, almost broken sounding song right afterwards. It’s a song that doesn’t even have a chorus; it just has vocalization.

I love it because it’s a very melancholy song. To have something that’s almost like a sigh fits with the atmosphere of the music. I don’t know. I find the song so beautiful and vulnerable in a way that I’m not used to hearing from Good Kid, and I was instantly taken aback by this song.

No matter how many times I go back and listen through this album after that first listen, though, I always get to the music and then I rewind it so I can listen to it one more time before I move on to the other songs.

Aloe Lite

I’m going to be honest, I was a little bit distracted by the vocals on this one.

I think part of it is because there’s a little bit of a higher range used on this where the chest voice is pulled up. Also, just some tremendous vocal rifts that had me mesmerized.

I think it also has an excellent progression from the previous song, where it starts to gain some of the album’s energy back. It has less minimalism with the instruments and their incredible guitars and the drums coming in with the base to help keep the momentum.

I also think it’s a nice lead into ‘Drifting,’ a more upbeat song to cap off the album.

Of course, I am slightly concerned about there being a bit of a downer feeling to this overall album’s lyrical content. I guess we all kind of feel like that at this point, but at the same time, we started with Donkey Kong, and now I’m here wondering why I have so many feelings.

Drifting

It’s a bit of an anticlimactic end to reviewing this EP but I already reviewed ‘Drifting‘ back when it came out as a single so you can click through and read that if you’re interested. Overall thoughts: it keeps getting stuck in my head on a regular basis and I’m okay with it.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

So I’m in love with this album. It’s completely biased so I don’t know what else to say. Instead I’m going to go listen to it again.

Also, I did an interview with Good Kid earlier this year so you can click through the link if you want to read it.

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