Belgium's K's Choice released a come-back album in 2010, the double-CD Echo Mountain, after an "hiatus" of almost a decade, and with mixed results (for me anyway). There were good moments for sure, but overall it left me somewhat unsatisfied. After an initial full-band tour in support of that album (more on that later), Sarah and Gert Bettens, supported by just Reinout Swinnen on keyboards, undertook a "Little Echoes" tour, in which the stripped-down version of K's Choice played unplugged. Given the good reaction to that tour, the three-some decided to record some of those songs in the studio and so 20 months after "Echo Mountain" arrives this sequel of sorts.
"Little Echoes" (12 tracks; 45 min.) brings a delightful mix of "Echo Mountain" songs (5 of which appear here), with 4 covers and 3 new songs. Let's start with the covers: the album kicks off with Split Enz's "Message To My Girl", sounding great. But wait until you hear the intimate take on Radiohead's "No Surprises", just outstanding, with Sarah's vocals better than ever. They also cover the Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited" in a playful manner, and Damien Rice's "Cannonball". The album is worth buying for just these tracks. The new songs are quite okay, in particular "I Wanna Get Lost" (with Gert on lead vocals) and "River to the Moon". The "Echo Mountain" retakes bring a welcome new perspective on these songs, check out in particular "Killing Dragons", "Come Live the Life" and most of all this album's closing song, "16", which was my favorite song from "Echo Mountain".
In all, this is a great album, and better than "Echo Mountain", but that's just me.Read more ›
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