Confidence | Arrogance: Album Review
Founded in 2014, Worst Kept Secret have been living up to their name ever since.
With a live show full of energy and candor, songs that cut to the quick and swiftly leave their mark, it is no wonder why their name and reputation are spreading like wildfire. Ever moving forward, their work ethic and tenacity is paying off without a doubt.
Releasing their debut EP "Nuff Said" in February of '15, ensued by the single "Follow the Buzzards" shortly thereafter, they have continued to generate new tunes to bring to the masses. Their recent clever spin on the Goo Goo Dolls' "Broadway" was a mere tease for their upcoming full-length album, 'Confidence|Arrogance'.
I am wholeheartedly a fan of their first EP, with the 'A Day to Remember'-esque "Bender" and the title track/opener, "Nuff Said", their 4-track EP puts you on your ass in mere seconds, and with every play-through it only gets better.
In a similar vein, with what has been revealed to me from this new full-length, I could not be more pleased with what is to come. Retaining their signature sound, the upcoming album beholds a certain maturity that most bands strive to achieve, yet often fall short of. While you can surely hear their influences (the staccato "G-g-g-g-ghost!" in 'Run n Gun', similar to some phrasing in Every Time I Die's 'Kill the Music'), it still remains a fresh take on the easily could-be-overdone genre of 'southern metal'. Hell, there’s a song based on ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ featured on this release, and as it pays homage to a classic film, ‘Odyssey’ feels just as epic as the original story it is derived from.
The improvement of production quality alone made itself quite present with these new tunes, as well. With Eric Kirkland behind the mixing board throughout their discography, as the band has grown, so has Eric's ear for precision in getting what he wants from the songs.
Overall, I believe 'Confidence|Arrogance' will leave its mark indefinitely. As "Nuff Said" left you wanting for more with its four tracks, having a full album with eleven brand new songs to relish is something I have anticipated for a while, and it promises to deliver.