We have to admit that Kensington is our favorite band coming from the Netherlands in the past years. Platinum-selling artists, a status as ‚Hollands best Rock-band‘ an filling up the biggest stadiums there, whereas outside still flying under the radar. We had the chance to catch up a gig in Germany with approx. 150 people only.
Sounding a little more pop-styled with the first album ‚Borders‘ in 2010, they constantly switched their sound to a heavier sound, bringing the guitars more in the foreground. And the success is on their side, with stadium-hits like ‚Streets‘ or ‚War‘.
‚Bats‘ was released as the first single of the album and irritates a little bit with its sound: Reduced and not the typical melodical type of song. But you get used to it after a couple of spins.
From the first second of ‚What lies ahead‘ you know that Kensington at it‘s best is back: Smashing guitars, sound walls, catchy verses and chorus – oh YESS!
‚Uncharted‘ is another highlight, starting soft acoustic guitars and a verse that fits the voice of singer Eloi Youssef very well – this is a power-ballad at it‘s best.
Does the stream of potential hit-singles stop here? No: ‚Part of me‘ is another instant classic with it‘s fantastic melodies. Something to shout in the middle of night when walking home.
The mid-tempo ‚Island‘ is our next fav on this album that goes from silent to loud in around 4 minutes – sing-a-long-parts inclusive.
Kensington settle their status of Netherland‘s best rock band with this album. Let‘s hope that more people outside the country will hear from them, because this is universal music.