Kim Logan

REVIEW: ‘Shadow Work’ – Kim Logan and The Silhouettes

Kim Logan and The Silhouettes – “Shadow Work”

American born, now Scottish/Paris based artist Kim Logan returns with her second studio album, “Shadow Work”, seven years after her debut. The album was recorded across two countries but mixed and mastered in Nashville with the same team behind Jack White, and it shows with the quality of each song! The album gets off to a solid start with “Hitch Your Wagon”, something of a Transvision Vamp meets The Go Go’s with an infectious hook and enough rock/electric guitar to blast its way from the 1987 to 2020. Kim’s vocal is immediately centre stage and establishes her lead for the rest of the album.

The slinky, sexy, “Dirty Business” smoulders into focus next with yet more guitar and passionate vocals to push back that smoky, crowd-filled room of imagination where this superb song recalls happier times. Kim and the Parisian based Sillhouettes take things down for the atmospheric “Ghost”, almost an acoustic number were it not for the errie tambourine breezing into ear sight from time to time. Kim’s vocals demonstrate here her ability to reach those high notes as well a very deep and dark depths needed for this number. There’s something very psycadelic about “Better Way”, which has elements of Hendrix and recalls memories of Woodstock with his endless length allowing the guitars and that hook of “with my better way” to languish for just the right amount of time.

The tone picks up now with “Ladyboy”, much faster paced and in-your-face and with a sense of wryness about it – “come out and play, ladyboy” rings the chorus line. This is also has a great Country-Rock anthemic quality about it that would and should play well at festivals. Almost as fast as that pick-me-up, Kim and the band take the tone back down with “Oedipus Wrecks”, perhaps in the aftermath of night, this is a crash and burn track for those late mornings and early afternoons with nothing much else doing.

“Western Medication” follows that with even more relaxed, chilled vibes for those just capable of staying awake but still shaking to the bass and treble of earlier tracks. Sublime. There’s a short ‘interlude’ of just over a minute with “Bad Balances”, which sees Kim and a guitar strumming almost backstage before the event itself and sounding like they’ve almost been ‘caught in the act’.

“Shadow Work” closes with another cool, down-tempo track, “Death Dream”, although a crescendo of electric and bass guitar ensure you won’t be drifting off just yet! Kim finishes the album as she started with confident voice and a leaning, swaying presence just to let you know that’s she’s still going and has no plans to stop just yet. This is a fine collection of rock anthems and epic, mysterious set pieces that are just at home in a small, intimate room or outdoors playing to the masses. Kim and The Sillhouettes have been active in the seven years since her self-titled debut, but this retro sounding new offering, which will appeal to anyone with an ear for the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s, will identify with and find at least one song that recalls that moment in their life when… Rock on, Kim!

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!