After releasing a five-song EP on its own, Kids in the Way signed with Flicker Records and released Safe from the Losing Fight and soon toured with Pillar, Disciple, and Spoken. Their debut took not just a hard rock approach, but also leaned toward emo and general alternative rock. It may not have been drastically different from any other act in the same melting pot, but it did connect with teens and young adults enough to keep the band active on the road.
Apparitions of Melody, the group's sophomore album, opens in a more progressive direction with "Last Day of 1888," a merging of front man Dave Pelsue's screaming vocals with the dark, guitar-rippling personality of Fugazi. The more spiritually themed "The Seed We've Sown" is loaded with melodies, sounding like a cross between an original blueprint with what might be heard on a Chevelle or Mae album. Additionally insightful is the disc's epic, seven-minute closer "This Could Be the Song That Will Change Your Heart." After beginning like a melancholy ballad, the pacing builds with might into an emotional plea for redemption.
On the downside, the virtually interchangeable "Blind Behind the Wheel" and the title cut both sound like any other emo-screamo band out there. "Safety in the Darkness" and "Even Snakes Have Hearts" are softer in comparison, but could just as well be The Juliana Theory or Number One Gun. And though it was clever to cover Tears For Fears' "Head Over Heels" with barreling punk power instead of '80s pop, it's nowhere near as engaging or memorable as the original. Though the second time around sure does demonstrate some glimpses of improvement, it's moments like these that indicate Kids in the Way are still short of developing their own identity.
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Last Day Of 1888
Safely In The Darkness
Even Snakes Have Hearts
Breaking The Legs Of Sheep
Apparitions Of Melody
The Seeds We've Sown
Sad And Guilty Ways
Blind Behind The Wheel
Head Over Heels
This Could Be The Song That Will Change Your Heart
Amazing!!!| Posted July 30, 2008
Wow. Thats simply all that I have to say for this album. I have had this album for over 3 years now and it is still my favorite CD!!
This CD is simply amazing from start to finish. There is not one bad song on this CD from start to finish. All of it is amazing!! Dave Pelsues voice and scream through the whole CD is great. I love the fact that this is a very very dark album but it is also an obviously christian CD.
Although I love every detail about this album, My favorite is the lyrics. I admit that when I first heard the lyrics to this CD I was very sceptical about whether or not KITW was really a christian band. But I soon found out, after a little research, that every song on this CD has somethign to do with God ((With the exception of the Tears for Fears cover of "Head over Heels")) For example, the opening song Last Day of 1888 is a very sceptical song that has caused a lot of controversy. But I was soon to find out that that song is actually about the case of the serial killer Jack the Ripper. The moral of the story is about false judgement.
anyways, enough about that. In summery I just wanted to say that this has to be the best album, even to this day, that I have heard in YEARS and it is BY FAR the best KITW album ever to come! I would deffinatly reccommend this album to anyone that likes hard rock or screamo!!!!!
K.I.T.W. IS INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!| Posted October 29, 2008
K.I.T.W. is one of the BEST emo rock bands the Christian market has had in it's history,IMO! With beautfully composed lyrics and Dave Pelsue's raw voice,Kids In The Way has now developed a pretty decent following in mainstream and chritsian music. This cd is a good example as to why. Apparitions Of Melody is most definitely thier best,so far.Burt Rutan,The Seeds We've Sown,Even Snakes Have Hearts, and Safety In The Darkness are amazing songs!!!!! This is one of my all time fav.s and I can't wait for new stuff from these guys!!!!!!!!!!!!1
good| Posted June 29, 2008
Good job kids in the way, loved the sound in this one. And i agree with getting the dead letters edition. Dave's voice is jamming also. I would highly recommend getting this cd.
Apparitions of Melody| Posted March 01, 2008
I thought this was a very interesting album... being a fan of metal and screaming vocals as well as the "emo" rock scene, Kids in the Way mix it up rather nicely... i like the tune of their music and the singer does have a good voice, but there are parts of songs where the high pitched squealing gets to be a little questionable... either way, I like the album enough to keep listening to it.
Apparitions Of Melody| Posted August 18, 2007
Not a bad album. A little too emo for my taste. I'm not a big fan of the vocal style and there are few standout songs. That being said, there also isn't many weak songs and the title track is amazing.
Kids in the Way| Posted September 09, 2007
I love this CD! My favorite song is Apparitions Of Melody. I would recommend getting the Dead Letters version because like piano89 said, Fiction is a great song!