KIERAN COOPER: Yes, No, Sincerely
By Ricardo Kerr
Kieran Cooper is a young Auckland songwriter and it seems that when he is not busy with his band Kasium he is making his name as a solo artist. ‘Yes, No, Sincerely’ follows on from his self-produced 2011 release, ‘In Search Of Reason’. This album is almost entirely acoustic, stripping his sound down to to its bare core, which lays a heavier emphasis on atmosphere and the vocals. Starting with his best foot forward, the album opens with the moody Old Blood. Cooper has an affected, rich voice, reminiscent of Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor in his quieter moments, or Layne Staley from Alice In Chains when he went unplugged, and he uses it here to its full effect. Even his ode to strip club ladies, Such A Pretty Thing, has dark undertones. All Roads Have An End has a redemptive conclusiveness to it that is fitting for the proper end of the album. Bonus track Over Me is a live-in-studio recording that shows exactly what Cooper can bring to the stage as an artist baring his soul.