Kittie - _Safe_
(Artemis Records, 2002)
by: Aaron McKay (6.5 out of 10)
In the "energy" department, Kittie throws the nuclear power switch with this one! _Safe_ is a special seven-track retrograded offering of mostly live material with the addition of a KMFDM remix and a largely useless radio edit, both for the song "Safe" included right at the onset of this EP. Generally, the most engaging aspect to _Safe_, other than Kittie's heavier-than-shit style, is this band's massively appealing use of bass in a live environment with Kittie's trademark on/off growl/clean vocal style. Morgan, Mercedes and Jennifer's chunky, balls-out (or lack thereof, as the case may be) aggressive approach lends itself to a wildly powerful live recording even with the addition of the rehashed "Safe" cuts at the beginning of the EP. By the way, Kittie's webpage is well-designed and user-friendly to be sure -- it is most certainly worth the time invested in checking it out, if for no other reason than the video interviews found there; mostly enlightening, but sometimes trite, as well, both in depth and information. Often we take the good with the bad, but "Severed", "What I Always Wanted" and "Pain" recorded in a live setting was a nice treat for Kittie fans. "Safe" is mostly in the "glass is half full" category. If you haven't yet had a chance to familiarize yourself with this rabid three-piece female Canadian outfit, I'd make it a point, but start with _Oracle_ if live material makes you uneasy.


(article published 28/4/2003)

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