Album review: KASIM SULTON – 2021

Deko Entertainment [Release date 17.09.21]

If you were Kasim Sulton and had played bass and sung backing vocals on Meat Loaf’s 50 million selling Bat Out Of Hell, and had been an integral part of Todd Rundgren’s Utopia during ten of the band’s most successful years, then you now might feel tempted to sit back and put your feet up.

But no, he seems to have become busier with each passing year.

Kasim Sulton 2021 is his fourth solo affair in just the last decade.

As you would expect, his songwriting has been influenced here and there by Rundgren’s flights of fancy. But at heart Sulton is a bona fide pop artist.

He fashions hooks with ease, and sends them skimming across the surface of his elegantly crafted pop melodies, landing them right on target.

The sweetened, psychedelic pop funk of ‘More Love’, underlined by Phil Thornalley’s carefully weighed production, and the humorous, playful pop of the autobiographical ‘Unsung’ – “I’m on the road paying all my bills…thank god for Rundgren”- open the album with a considerable sensory punch.

Standouts are probably ‘Blame Somebody Else’ and ‘Fastcar’, both marrying abrasive guitars to breezy pop melodies in the manner of past masters, Weezer and Fountains Of Wayne.

And when he slows the pace, his streamlined, inventive arrangements – very detailed, very musical – still hold sway. Even the mournful ‘God Kicked The Stone’ has an appealling romantic glow.

Why isn’t this guy huge ? ****

Review by Brian McGowan

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