Yes, 88 singer/guitarist Keith Slettedahl channels Ray Davies remarkably well, but Kind of Light is more than a simple Village Green Preservation
Society redux. By mixing sun-fried Hollywood sensibilities and a debt to
the Band into a rich, orchestral sound, the 88 deliver an accomplished debut.
Guitars, pianos and sunny vocal harmonies compete for attention on the elegantly
bright "Elbow Blues," while "Afterlife" turns woozy and watery with slide
guitar and rhythmic swagger. Plenty of English groups have drawn liberally
from American R&B and soul. But with its strong roots in Americana and
an eye toward both the Sixties and Nineties British Invasions, Kind of Light shines as an assertion that turnabout is fair play.