Words by Tracey A.
A mixture of Liz Phair and PJ Harvey, “Cheap Kind,” is a creation by Brooklyn, New York’s Kira Metcalf, and it’s the kind of tune that could’ve been written back in the early ’90’s. The past decade has dealt with watered-down pop music with no shortage of non-sensical lyrics. Even though she sings whimsically, “this is why we don’t have nice things, you know you’re only going to lose them,” there’s still more substance here than amongst the current Top 40 solo acts. The song’s production is killer and the drums really sound sharp and help drive the song, along with crunchy and distorted guitar.
“‘Cheap Kind’ narrates the familiar feeling of shame that arises when one inexorably loses everything. From an earring, to a lover, to life itself, the catchy chorus expresses the age-old pain of encroaching nihilism. This punch-to-the-gut song will make you want to dance and cry at the same time.” – Kira Metcalf
Songwriting like this is a breath of fresh air, at a time when a lot of artists seem to sound the same.
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