All I Know - 2010 - Vanity Kills
1. All Night Long
2. Bad Boy
4. Rain (Remix 2010)
5. Turn Back Time
6. I Need You
7. Into Your Heart
8. I Wanna Rock You
9. Sweet 17
10. Teenage Queen
11. All The Way
12. Hope And Dreams
All I Know is the four-headed Hard Rock act from Kortrijk Belgium (as you all know of course).
These guys released their debut in 2009 independently, before re-releasing it under the name Vanity Kills, which is an improved and updated version.
But wait; there’s more! They've added two brand new tracks and the lead single, “Rain”, has been remixed by Beau Hill. Beau Hill. Yes, that’s the guy who worked with RATT and Alice Cooper, just to name a few.
So, if All I Know has a major producer in their pocket and says they've got a lot of potential, all I can say is that’s a big prestige!
The lyrics reminds me of the good ole year 1998 till 2002, the years of punk rockers like Blink 182 and Sum 41. It’s about broken hearts, getting dumped and stuff like that.
All I Know is no punk rock formation, but the genre has great elements for old school hard/glam rock songs. For example; what about “Sweet 17” and “Teenage Queen”... Some will say it’s childish, but I honestly think these guys have the right vision about rock ‘n roll music.
And now: Vanity Kills in review!
The starter “All Night Long” has the typical catchiness of an 80’s melodic rock track. One of the better ones this disc contains.
On the other hand, “Bad Boy” still has the pop metal sound, but it’s been influenced by classic country music. Also, lead singer Ward Dufraimont tries to experiment with a different voice, which brings some variety to it.
The following song is a sensitive ballad. Not my cup of tea, but it’s well done!
Next up is “Rain”, a heavy anthem but with no lack of emotion. As Beau Hill said before: true hit material! A full-blown Rock ‘n Roll song, and this will be one of your very favorites. Trust me!
“I Need You” could have been Sum 41’s new single. A melodic, mid-tempo love song. Very accessible for anyone.
“Into Your Heart” sounds like Toto meets Bryan Adams. It features a very cool synthesizer intro and it sticks in your head for quite some time.
The next song is called “I Wanna Rock You”; not as memorable as the previous songs.
“Teenage Queen” and “Sweet 17” are both good-lookin’ heavy pop songs, definitely worth a listen. Nothing special, but it delivers the ultimate party mood.
All I Know wraps it up with “All The Way” and the other ballad “Hope And Dreams”, both nice additions.
Overall, I think the album is very well-produced. All I Know knows how to write catchy songs and how to play their instruments. If they've been here in the ‘80’s, they might have been very successful.
All I Know has a very refreshing sound in contrast to all the hip-hop and Indy sh*t that’s going on right now. Bleh!
My verdict: All I Know is a big fish who needs to be reeled in very, very soon!
Written by Jesse Gorvette