Puck Eye Records
OK, this is one of those CDs that just grows on you.
I'll admit Drowning Girl didn't exactly capture me on the first listen. Maybe I wasn't in the mood that day for female pop/rock, but I had this one pegged as a so-so effort.
However, on every successive play, I found myself falling more deeply under the spell of the voice of lead singer Kill Kourkoutis. This gal has a voice that will set her apart from most of the pop rock landscape today -- melodic, with a unique cadence.
At times Kourkoutis can drag you down to the depths emotionally, like on the song Fishhook, and then lift you up and carry you higher on songs such as the title cut Bang!, more for the tempo than the lyrics.
It should be pointed out that overall lyrically Drowning Girl is a little dark. Ah, but doesn't that make it all the more delicious.
The other half of Drowning Girl is guitarist David Paoli, who does a nice job of sitting in the background, strumming out the chords, allowing the music he plays to be a platform on which Kourkoutis can blossom as a fresh voice on the Canadian pop/rock scene.
As we reviewers often do, I found myself looking for somebody to compare Drowning Girl too. Well, on the band's website www.drowninggirl.com it is suggested you think Eurythmics, and that sums it up pretty nicely. The pitch in Kourkoutis' voice isn't the same as Annie Lennox, who could ever stand up to a direct comparison like that, but Bang! has at least a common 'feel' with the famous duo.
There are some real hit cuts here; Caught By The Rope, Sugar Bowl, Rogue among others, so this debut effort should do well for Drowning Girl.
This is another one to watch. Get'em now cause in the future the duo of Kourkoutis and Paoli could be headlining some very big shows.
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Sept. 29, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada