Kyle Craft: Dolls of Highland

-Brian Furman

Kyle Craft’s debut album, Dolls of Highland, is a gritty, loose, sweaty, barroom record reminiscent of Gasoline Alley, with a dose of Exile on Main Street, and the glittered sheen of Hunky Dory. Craft’s tinny voice and tremolo lyric delivery impeccably influences the music to where the listener will think it’s 1972. Simply put, this is rock n roll one doesn’t hear a lot of anymore and it’s refreshing to hear the fun that Craft brings to his art.

The record pulses with electricity throughout. Album opener “Eye of a Hurricane” is a piano driven, glam-rockin’ strut of a song. “Berlin” could have fit comfortably on an early Bowie record. “Lady of the Ark” takes the chorus into strange yet familiar places. “Gloom Girl” finds the perfect place for a barrage of horns. “Future Midcity Massacre” pushes through with a great chant along chorus. “Dolls of Highland” is a glam-rock stunner.

Craft fashions a record worth spending the time to listen to front to back. It has energy and electricity and is what rock n’ roll should sound like.