K's Choice: Sarah Bettens (vocals, guitar); Gert Bettens (guitar, keyboards, vocals); Jan Van Sichem Jr. (guitar); Eric Grossman (bass); Bart Van Der Zeeuw (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Luis Jardin, Roy Spong (percussion); Mark Pythian (programming).
Recorded at ICP Studios, Brussels, Belgium.
Belgian alt-rockers K's Choice present a well-balanced, cleanly produced follow-up to 1996's PARADISE IN ME, that breathes with calm confidence. Not afraid of melodies, the band plays songs laced with pretty vocal harmonies and guitar work that leans more toward subtle nuance than thrashing. Part of K's Choice's appeal lies in the sense of relaxed playfulness with which they attack politically charged songs like "Too Many Happy Faces" and "Freestyle," where Sarah Bettens sings, "Come on, let your wallet be your witness/Put your feelings in a can/Idolize the common man and join the band/You might fall for that." Thanks to the sibling songwriting duo of Sarah and Gert Bettens, COCOON CRASH is full of pop appeal and polish, yet innovative enough to be well worth hearing.