TheKokoon Berlin

TheKokoon are not a subtle band, something that should be obvious from their choice of upper case letters for their name and the lack of a space between "the” and "Kokoon.” Naturally, that’s reflected in their music, which sounds like Siouxsie Sioux fronting a generic mid-’90s gothic industrial band and then proceeds to hit the listener around the face until they pay attention. Don’t even considering ignoring them. Berlin, their second album, is a near-perfect tribute to the music scene that they long to have been a part of. Filled to the brim with clichéd lyrics and vocal affectations, it gets to the point where it isn’t annoying or funny, just redundant because there are so many other bands that do this better. The best moments come when their mimicry of the Sisters of Mercy or Siouxsie and the Banshees is unshackled, but that doesn’t happen nearly often enough to make this worth searching out. (New Average)