Playing what is probably best described as electronic music with punk, rock and hip-hop elements, it’s impossible to pigeonhole Kloq into an exact genre and the first thing that hits you about their album Begin Again is just how insanely catchy it is.
Opener True Crusader is good enough, but as soon as the introduction for Chainsaw kick in, it instantly becomes apparent that this is an album you won’t be forgetting in a while. Chainsaw is just one of those tunes that has the ability to worm its way into your head and rattle around in your mind for days. It has everything, from a catchy opening, memorable chorus and satisfying ending.
There’s only one low point of the album, which is the somewhat slower number Setting Sun. Although Kloq have mastered the art of writing great, up-tempo electronic music, this one does drag a tad and isn’t quite as memorable as the rest of the album as a result. It’s almost like the odd one out; the one track that doesn’t quite slot into the bigger picture and it’s a shame because otherwise Begin Again would have been a flawless release.
The album ends triumphantly with the title track (which an is aptly titled closer because you’re going to want to go back to the start and listen to the album again!) and it has absolutely huge vocals that are crying to be sung along to, alongside some mindblowingly catchy synth lines. Easily the best track of the album, so it’s a great choice to close the album and end it on a nice big high.
I can’t say I’m all that familiar with electronic music, but what I can say is that I know a good album when I hear it – and this is indeed a mighty offering. This is an album well worth checking out, no matter what genre of music is your preferred one.