Kevin Cahoon and Ghetto Cowboy Doll
By Marcus Pan
Kevin Cahoons Doll was the first CD in a
long while that made me go wow as I drolled through the usual
assortment of basement rock, blasé ambient and done-again industrial and
goth rock. Cahoon reminds me, conceptually, of folks like China Doll or
Glampire walking their own path, a bit of blues and a bit of rock, a
smattering of punk and a little bit of bubble gum and catchy riffs. Buzzing New
Yorks downtown scene, according to the press page, Doll is Kevins
It opens with a cutesy pulling up to a drive through to
which the depressed dude taking the order tells us, Welcome to my life!
Can I take your order? From there it spills quickly into Doll, a
supremely catchy pop-punk anthem about the freaks in school trying to grow up
their own way. I wasnt cool enough, I wasnt hip
for your clique to share! Reminds me of China Doll a lot,
with more guitar and a more radio friendly atmosphere.
Fashionista keeps the catchiness moving with a bit of
funky thrown in to keep your soul bopping. Kevin continually attacks social
sensibilities through his first two tracks of Doll. Very few people can
fill bars of a song with Na na na na and not look like an ass.
Kevin can do it without getting too silly Fashionista is kind of
a silly song to begin with, so it fits. Bitch takes us into a downward
spiral of a crash and burn lifestyle keeping the beats fast paced and the
Good Time Gone Bad is a ballad with tinkering
piano, just enough guitar to remind us that Kevins not really a happy
kind of person even if he is someone you still want to hang out with. I dig the
bluesy ballad Saved by the Beauty. A strong statement, smooth movements,
very polished. By Mr. Curious Im being reminded of
JackieOnAssid as well as the other guys Ive mentioned.
Kevin Cahoons Doll is a great album. Its
sour bubble gum that keeps to its own self, forcing you to pay attention to the
guy from school that you wont remember because he wasnt cool enough
until now. Its catchy, rhythmic, strong and radio friendly through most
because most people are too damn stupid to realize that theyre being made
fun of anyway so you could get away with it.
Kevin Cahoon and
Post: 476 Broome St., Suite 5A, New York, NY, 10013, USA
Phone: (646) 613-1101
 China Dolls Pop Noir was
reviewed in Legends #105.
 Legends Interviewed Glampire in Legends
 Interviewd in Legends #106.
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