Neither MJ nor the Strokes, This Is It belongs to the wonderfully named ShitKid, whose debut Fish garnered an understated following here and there. Pop being pissed off, that record bobbed along with a grunge snarl -- its followup diversifies her sound while maintaing its lo-fi spirit.
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8/10 David Robinson Customer review, 8th March 2018
"I can't get no satisfaction" once declared Jagger (and Otis, and Tone Loc, and, well, lot's of people in the 50+ years since) and now it's the turn of Sweden's ShitKid. No, it's not yet another cover, but the opening line of her latest release - "This Is It". And it sums up the mood perfectly. Whereas Jagger was never lacking confidence, this is a much more humble, self reflecting affair.
Following last years full length "Fish" it's a shorter but meatier, weightier recording. It still retains that home recording low-fi sound, but it's a tighter affair all round, deeper bass adding even more punch than before.
6 tracks, it's all over in 16 minutes, but what a 16 minutes. From the brooding "Favourite Thing" straight into the poppier (but clearly not pop) "Oh Me I'm Never" and "All My Fears", Asa set's her stall out with side A. But it's the B side where things really kick off.
"High Way" simply howls. Slamming kick drums underpin constant guitar growl, that filtered voice floats above, but never disconnected. "Spring Theory" flows straight in, two half's to one song, but with added swing and shuffle. And then finally, there's "Yooouuu" mirroring the slow thunderous roll of the opener. Loaded with sub-bass it's a dreamy affair, and one hell of a goodbye.
It's hard to pin ShitKit down. She's been refereed to as "anti-pop", and yet she declares Britney as an influence. Post-punk electro fuzz grunge? It really doesn't matter.
And whilst she may be searching for satisfaction, in "This Is It" I've found it.
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