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What many may or may not know is that the album was produced by Chad Hugo, one half of the most amazing hip-hop production team yet, The Neptunes. Those who are fans of the Neptunes productions can hear some of their signature instruments used, but the drums and bass aren't as prominent as Hugo is usually at the helm of the electronics, synths, etc. during productions. And this is an album where Hugo can really shine away from his partner Pharrell Williams. He has created an electronic, techno adventure with an alternative sound not heard too often.
But the album is about Kenna. He has one of the best male voices, at least in alternative music, that I have heard. It bends perfectly to the track and drifts in the air almost as if trying to spread into the most minute crevaces of the universe. Not to mention that he is a talented songwriter with cryptic, poetic, but relevant lyrics.
Some of the highlights on this album include "Freetime" which slams like an electronically twisted harsh production you might expect to hear from a member of the Neptunes, not to mention lyrics that are laid down with some of Kenna's best vocals on the album. "Vexed and Glorious" almost comes as a pleasant change of tempo on the album and "Man Fading" shows desperation while keeping it together. But perhaps Kenna's real personal stand-out is "War In Me," which soars with introspective lyrics and Kenna's best vocal effort.
I've had this album for awhile now, but I'm glad to see it finally be released to the public, whose members with growing, adventorus minds, should purchase this album and be set to engage in an musical exploration.
Finally, "New Sacred Cow" has arrived on shelves; I'm not sure what caused the delay, but it was worth the wait. The comparisons to Depeche Mode are appropriate given the songwriting and vocals. Kenna's voice definitely channels both the breathy baritone of Dave Gahan ("Man Fading") and the plaintive tunefulness of Martin Gore ("Yeneh Ababa" might have been the long lost b-side of DM's "Somebody"). The production of Chad Hugo (of the Neptunes and NERD) gives the songs a definite right-now feel. Many of the up-tempo songs will remind DM fans of the highlights of "Ultra".
The disc itself is enhanced, containing the video for the current single "Freetime" and links to exclusive web content. Unfortunately, the video for "Hell Bent" was not included.
If you enjoy electronic/big-beat music but long for more (any?)depth in the songwriting, then Kenna's got a treat waiting for you.
Other than that, this CD is great and Kenna has his own sound that can't be put into any category. I would recommend this to anyone.
Curious, I decided to access Amazon.com and listen to samplers to find out what would be my own reaction listening to his music. After the first 3 songs, I hated it, "not for me, too different, too electronic" was my intuition telling me. I kept on listening however. At some point, I realized the similarities between Kenna and Duran Duran, a group I liked a lot in the past. So I decided to listen again to all songs and been able to appreciate many of the songs despite the 30s sample and decided to purchase the album. Unfortunately radio station and music companies are only basing their decisions on the firt impression which is often mileading when we face something different.
I then read reviews that many of you wrote. A majority are comparing Kenna to Depeche Mode but some noted as well the similarities with Duran Duran. I think the latter comparison is a lot more accurate. I use to be a big fan of DM as well and their music uses a lot more "base" that what creating an "atmosphere" that is not present in Kenna's music.
I wish fans of Kenna, which I am now part of, will be able to expand his popularity and allow him to develop his talent. Today's music does not appeal to me as it did in the 80's and 90's so having a guy like Kenna around reconcialtes me with music.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Probably not for everyone but I loved the album. Kenna has a certian sound that some love(me) and others just don't get. Great musicianship. Read morePublished on September 14, 2014 by William R Nice
Great new music. Kenna brings a fresh, powerful voice to R&B-inflected electronic rock music.
Some songs are definitely odd, doing things like starting with grotesque... Read more
The problem with curiosity, especially the curiosity that is generated by a good book, is that it often leads to disappointment. Read morePublished on August 22, 2010 by C. Nwachukwu
Kenna has a unique style, this is a must have for anyone who likes a variety of music.Published on July 3, 2010 by Lee Jackson
Kenna is an amazing artist and his music is break-through. Difficult to classify and for this it receives little radio air time, and thus Kenna remains not well known, but he's... Read morePublished on January 11, 2010 by Mark Elliott Smith
I really love this album, but I was listening to it again today and noticed that the lyrics in the songs weren't fitting the titles. Read morePublished on October 2, 2009 by RSR
People slept on Kenna for so long that he finally gets to pay his dues. After being the VH!You here it first artist of 2003, he has taken over. Read morePublished on September 27, 2007 by Browneyesblue
omg...this is one of the best cds ive ever heard, no joke! i normally listen to rap/hip hop and some rock. Read morePublished on March 16, 2007 by Deandre D. Combs
If you like U2, Sigur Ros, The Cure, etc. you will enjoy this CD.Published on February 19, 2007 by Bomba