Larkin Poe – Kin

Album Review | RH Music | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

The current whisper going around concerning Larkin Poe, mainly from those who were around almost at the band’s conception back in 2010, centres around the fact that they are now (for better or worse), much more of a rock band than their formative rootsy country-tinged bluegrass origins. Actually, since hanging up their bluegrass credentials in the wake of their elder sibling Jessica taking a sabbatical in early 2010, the remaining sisters Megan and Rebecca have always aspired to leading a funky southern rock band. The release of their first recorded outing as Larkin Poe, an EP simply entitled the Spring EP, contained one of their strongest rock influenced songs to date, the bluesy “The Principle of Silver Lining” and in reality, the band’s sound has just been steadily building on that foundation ever since. Kin is the band’s first bone fide full length album under their own name after a succession of EPs, collaborations, guest appearances and side projects and should appeal to a more eclectic audience than those steeped in what we now refer to as Americana. The duo set out to search for and ultimately ‘find’ their own unique sound over the course of a year and now four years on, Larkin Poe seems to be delivering what they consider to be the sound they’ve been looking for. The songs balance between all out rockers such as “Don’t”, “Sugar High” and “Jailbreak” and more pop oriented material such as “Stubborn Love”, “Jesse” and “Banks of Allatoona”, with a revisit to one of the band’s most spectacularly good compositions, “We Intertwine”, which first made an appearance on the band’s aforementioned Spring EP. The new album is probably not everyone’s cup of tea, especially those who pine for the Lovell Sisters days, or even for the likes of “Long Hard Fall”, but it is what it is. It’s still damn good though and still features one of the best lead voices that the States has produced in decades and a slide guitarist that could give Lowell George a run for his money. More importantly, in light of the fact that since the band took on their new sound and style, Larkin Poe have played some of the most iconic festivals in this country almost back to back and have gained a fanbase that probably exceeds their own expectations.