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Reign Of Kindo, The - The Reign Of Kindo Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 9.25
Musicianship 9.75
Lyrics 8.75
Production 8.75
Creativity 10
Lasting Value 8.5
Reviewer Tilt 9.5
Final Verdict: 92%
Member Ratings
Vocals 10.75
Musicianship 11.09
Lyrics 10.06
Production 10.38
Creativity 11.09
Lasting Value 10.66
Reviewer Tilt 11.13
Average: 107%

Reign Of Kindo, The - The Reign Of Kindo

Reviewed by: Nathan Lint (08/21/07)
The Reign Of Kindo - The Reign Of Kindo
Release Date: August 21, 2007
Label: One Eleven Records

You saw it, I saw it, everyone saw it. The comments made late last year, and early this year about This Day & Age breaking up. "Oh no! I never got to see them live!" "The Bell And The Hammer can't be topped" "I'm nervous to see what they'll do next". Then a few weeks later came the announcement that the band, minus Jeff Martin, would be coming out with a new project with another Jeffrey, Jeffrey Jarvis. Some people were excited, out of their love for their former counterpart, but most people were apathetic. I even overlooked this band from the get go, until I heard they were still technically in the One Eleven family. Then I finally heard it, and how glorious it has been. For those of you who have yet to hear about this band, The Reign Of Kindo is the new project from the members of This Day & Age out of Buffalo, NY, and they could very well be one of those genre bending bands that are accessible to many different groups of people. With this short six song EP, simply titled The Reign Of Kindo, the band has perfected a new sound. A very jazzy, but cool sound that's pretty complex at times. That voice, it might be familiar to some of you, that's the voice of Joseph Secchiaroli, former backup vocalist of TDAA. He does a wonderful job taking over as vocalist.

The Reign Of Kindo gets me excited, excited as in how excited children (and i'll admit, I am) when an ice cream truck comes jingling down your street. If this EP is just a taste of what's in store? Then you might as well color me excited. The compelling, yet literal intro, "Set The Stage, Cue The Music", does just that, it really draws the listener in to the next track, "Needle & Thread". This track is very fresh and refreshing and will rid any doubts any TDAA fans have of this band. The next track is something very unique for a band that's considered to be apart of the "scene". The only way I could describe the track, "Hard To Believe" is that it reminds me of something you'd only hear in one of those fancy cheese eating or wine drinking parties, something only such an elitist or post-modern beatnik could get into, or at least is allowed to get into. Which brings me to my next point, the piano playing on this album is what makes this album. The other parts define it, but Kelly Sciandra's piano playing is phenomenal. "Just Wait" puts the best of the best to shame. I could literally spend hours critiquing the songs and using metaphors and thesaurusing words that probably don't even fit to explain it, but i'll just leave it with you really just need to try it out to understand. The track the most people will be familiar with is a ridiculously convictive cover of The Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize". If you've ever heard that song, you'll realize that only the best can pull off a cover of it, and these guys did it. The final track, the much less clamorous and quietest track on the record, "One Man Parade" really lets you take a closer listen to each instrument and what they add to the whole experience of the music.

All in all, The Reign Of Kindo EP is fantastic and really gets me excited about the future of the band. It's bands like The Reign Of Kindo that give me hope for the future of music, and the future of the kids involved in music. Hopefully, people will see bands like these guys, and As Tall As Lions, and be like "man, this is really cool?" And I mean, come on, Who since Stevie Wonder has made jazz cool? Very few. Also, I've yet to experience it firsthand, but I've heard that these guys are a treat live, so if they ever come through town, throw in the dollars, and see them. But all in all, the future of The Reign of Kindo is looking bright, shine with them.

Recommended If You LikeAs Tall As Lions, This Day & Age, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead
Additional InformationTrack Listing
1. Set The Stage, Cue The Music
2. Needle & Thread
3. Hard To Believe
4. Just Wait
5. Do You Realize
6. One Man Parade


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01:53 PM on 08/21/07
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I can't agree more.. One of my favorite reviews I've ever read...

Awesome ep and awesome job.
01:55 PM on 08/21/07
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This is pure music. Beautiful in every way. Like the review said, musicianship and vocals are AMAZING. Flawless. Gotta get this Ep.
01:55 PM on 08/21/07
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I can't agree more.. One of my favorite reviews I've ever read...

Awesome ep and awesome job.

thanks man.
02:07 PM on 08/21/07
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Nice review and awsome music. It's about time to make jazz cool again :)
02:11 PM on 08/21/07
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Nice review Nathan, couldn't agree more. Unfortunately, my preorder hasn't been shipped yet. As great as the ep is, doing you think a 92% is a little much? You and I have been praising this band since the very beginning. I am curious as to what Jason Tate would say about this. This is a great album, but i think its more of a 90. Still, great review.
02:12 PM on 08/21/07
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this EP rules.
02:19 PM on 08/21/07
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Wow I need this to come, nowwwwww. Great review Nathan, you made me even more excited.
02:23 PM on 08/21/07
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where the shit is my pre-order?
02:25 PM on 08/21/07
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Thumbs up to both the EP and the review.
03:17 PM on 08/21/07
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Nice review Nathan, couldn't agree more. Unfortunately, my preorder hasn't been shipped yet. As great as the ep is, doing you think a 92% is a little much? You and I have been praising this band since the very beginning. I am curious as to what Jason Tate would say about this. This is a great album, but i think its more of a 90. Still, great review.

Why would it matter what Jason thinks about this? This is my review after all, Everyone can agree or disagree with what I say, but if you truly disagree (not saying you are), write a review for it.
03:19 PM on 08/21/07
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Why would it matter what Jason thinks about this? This is my review after all, Everyone can agree or disagree with what I say, but if you truly disagree (not saying you are), write a review for it.

The only reason I'm curious about Jason's opinion is that this seems like something he wouldn't listen to unless someone reccomended it to him. I am not dissing your ratings, I just feel my personal review would fall in the 88-90 range. Still, I love this ep.
03:23 PM on 08/21/07
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I love what I have heard of this album so far. I loved TDAA, both albums. Recently i've been listening to another hybrid jazz rock band, the dear hunter. If you have heard that album, definately go and check it out, its incredible.
04:12 PM on 08/21/07
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I need to hear this...
06:18 PM on 08/21/07
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Someone doesn't like to use the review template :)
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