Singer Kate Tucker reunited with backing band The Sons of Sweden for her new album, The Shape the Color the Feel. Much like the Seattle quintet’s self-titled debut, the new album’s greatest strength is also its Achilles’ heel – one stunning, standout track darkly overshadows the rest.
The stand out track of Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden’s debut album was “Everything Went Down.” On The Shape the Color the Feel, the stunner is “Give up the Ghost.” The secret to the success of both songs is the gorgeous juxtaposition of Kate Tucker’s airy soprano with a dramatic, almost melancholy arrangement.
Unfortunately, that exquisitely perfect balance of light and darkness is sorely lacking from the other songs. Having one great track is hardly a crisis in the mp3 era, but it gives the overall impression of an album comprised mostly of filler.