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25-11-2013 // Must-Have of the Month: Jeroen Kant - De Lafaard Kapitein

Perhaps my (new) Best Album of the Year, but I haven't heard it enough yet to know for sure. This is without a doubt a great album, but the truly spectaculair albums stay with me for months and years. As I've just recently discovered this Dutch beauty, I can't say anything for sure, but I can tell you one thing: This is (at least) one of the best albums I've heard this year.

Jeroen Kant is the Dutch combination between Tom Waits: brilliant and original lyrics (google translate is your friend, start with "halvezolenpad"), and Nick Cave: more original lyrics, but with an intense dark twist (same job for "Mijn Mooiste Mijn Liefste Mijn Alles Mijn Bruid").

It is not just in words that Jeroen Kant reminds a lot of the previously mentioned great artists. The sound of "Ratten In De Schuur" is very much Tom Waits. Is this becoming a 'he sounds like this and this-'review? Hell no! Jeroen Kant is completely original. I can not think of any (Dutch) artist that has ever blown me away like he does on this record.

Again with this song; the lyrics. The sound. The song. I can feel the dirt, I can look the working men in the docks in the eyes and feel their pain. The pain they feel in their worn out bodies, working themselves right into their shallow graves. While missing their homes, the warm and sweet love of their friends and families back home. Maybe not me, but I'm sure a lot of people can relate to the feelings of this song.

This is my new line: Alles Staat In Brand. The song builts up, grabs you tightly and spits you out just when you expect it to last forever. Which it could, and maybe should have.

For me, this album has the same intensity as Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which is a very strange comparison in styles, but not in intensity and Kanye's album is now 3 years old and still hits the record player 12 times a week. I don't think I'll get tired of this, ever. Every inch of (Dutch) talent that's out there wishes they could record an album like this. I sure as hell don't consider myself a talent, but even I am jealous.

Brilliant. Fucking. Record.

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