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    Until the End

    Tue, 20 Jul 2004 13:18:31

    Album Reviews: Until the End by Kittie

    Canadian metal band Kittie sounds like what might happen if the best singer from the high school glee club wandered into metal shop and started hanging out with the wrong crowd. Lead singer Morgan Lander has a sweet set of pipes. Now if only she could use her powers for good instead of evil.

    Until the End, the third album by this all-female outfit, has a couple of catchy tunes, but you have to sift through mounds of litter to get to them. The main distraction is the gruff, demonic, yet oddly Muppet-like backing vocals, which wisely have been cut from the radio ready vocal remix of the best song here, lead single "Into the Darkness." It's one of the few tracks with a detectable melody, "In Dreams" and the title track being among the others. When Lander actually sings, you lean in to pet this Kittie. But silly you, she's just going to scream in your ears again if you get too close.

    If a pissed-off Josie and the Pussycats doing death metal fires you up, then check out Kittie. This cat doesn't need to be put to sleep, but declawing it with more vocal remixing might make it more housebroken. - Jeff Kamin

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