The record is a collection of twelve richly textured tracks, all built on a solid foundation of roots music. The pair have an obvious chemistry that helps make the song immediately warm and welcoming. That often manifests in an effortless back-and-forth, as on the lovely mellow "Mismatched Eyes (Boat Song)".
The opener "Achilles' Desire" is methodical with an ominous ghost town feel; you can almost hear the tumbleweed. "Devil's Got a Gun" is a sinister folk pop number.
While the record never completely gives itself over to the rock n' roll, there are some more freewheeling moments. "Peterbilt Coalmine" is a lurching road romp. The aptly-named "No Glamour In the Hammer" pounds out a precise rhythm.
On the surface it would seem like an odd choice to add a drum machine to "Jane". The result though, is a bluesy rocker with a Kills-esque feel to it.
The album does have a tendency to plod at points. Despite a beautiful vocal performance from McClelland, "Cold July" is a listless number. The closer "Mexico Texaco" smolders but never truly catches fire.
Though it may be a few tracks too long, The Fate of the World Depends On This Kiss is just the kind of debut we hoped for from this talented couple.
Best tracks: "Devil's Got a Gun", "Peterbilt Coalmine"
Track listing for The Fate of the World Depends On This Kiss:
- Achilles' Desire
- Devil's Got a Gun
- Mismatched Eyes (Boat Song)
- Peterbilt Coalmine
- Cold July
- Out Like a Lion
- No Glamour In the Hammer
- Radiator Blues
- Annie Liu
- Mexico Texaco