Kaleo’s “A/B” is a Triumphant Return of Old-school Rock and Roll

A+, A, A-, B+, B = Great | B-, C+, C, C-, D+ = Average | D, D-, F+, F, F- = Bad

Fresh off their inclusion on the HBO show Vinyl soundtrack, Kaleo has arrived stateside and is destined to take the US by storm. As No Good surges on mainstream rock radio stations nationwide, the band has released their debut LP “A/B”. Sorry for all the A ranked songs, but this album is really that good.

NO GOOD – EMS: A

“A/B” starts off with the piercing and flawless guitar moves and the throwback sound Kaleo will no doubt be known for with No Good.  The song is dazzling and energetic, something that is rare for mainstream rock, and hooks you enough to warrant another play.

WAY DOWN WE GO – EMS: A

Eerie and haunting, Way Down We Go is Kaleo’s blues-infused rock sound at its peak. With a stunning array of depth and a profound sentiment underneath, this song is an echoing tune from beginning to end.

BROKEN BONES – EMS: A-

While consistency is slightly blurred in Broken Bones, the song packs just enough of a blues and rock blended punch to leave you wanting more.

GLASS HOUSE – EMS: A-

Bursting with angst and vigor, Glass House is a heavy hitter that features Kaleo’s most stadium-ready song and will certainly light up car radios yearning for some old-fashioned rock.

HOT BLOOD – EMS: A+ 

The second Hot Blood starts, lead singer JJ Julius Son’s searing vocals catch you in their grip, and you are hurtled into a river of guitar-driven beats and retro-styled background support that instantly makes this song “A/B”‘s greatest track.

ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS – EMS: A

This serene folk song will effortlessly touch your soul, and is the most dynamic of all “A/B”‘s tracks. Lead JJ Julius Son’s impressive vocal range is the highlight of the track, and hopefully, you make it through its 4 minutes 29 second runtime without shedding a tear.

AUTOMOBILE – EMS: B+

Another glittery folk tune that will move it’s listeners, Automobile is an homage to traditional America-style songs that blur the lines between folk and country.

VOR i VAGLASKoGI – EMS: B

For the English listeners that look up this gloomy tune’s lyrics, you’ll see how beautiful they are when mixed with its dark backdrop, but this fine track just does not match it’s albums peers.

SAVE YOURSELF – EMS: A-

A polished and remarkably emotional song, Save Yourself is a brilliant mix of folk and smooth rock that both moves and shakes you.

I CAN’T GO ON WITHOUT YOU – EMS: B+

While a little-too-long to stay afloat for its 6 minutes runtime, this song treads the thin line of being sensational and being typical fanfare but still manages to surprise and bewilder all the same.

KALEO “A/B” – EMS: A

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