Who knew that Hollywood star Kiefer Sutherland also has a music career? Released last year, his album Down In A Hole slipped past our radar until now. With a UK tour set for June, we thought we would find out what Kiefer does when not saving the world.
By Graeme Smith
Country, pure and simple. Kiefer Sutherland’s Down In A Hole is full of guitar licks, organ accompaniments and gravely-voiced tales of forlorn love. There’s an instant appeal, even when ignoring the fact that Sutherland is already a household name, mostly due to his lead role in TV smash 24.
His fame has afforded him the production value that most amateur musicians dream of. The accompaniment on the recording is faultless, with just the right rhythms and flourishes to backup Kiefer’s proficient, Cohen-esque voice.
Down In A Hole runs over eleven tracks which don’t venture far from the safety of its folksy-style and themes. Tales of innocent love run through this record like a vein of coal through the Rocky Mountains and, before you’re halfway through, you do start to wonder if there are other things on Kiefer’s mind.
Fortunately, track four Not Enough Whisky answers that question by throwing in something new: love that’s lost. It’s an album highlight, lyrically painting a picture of a lost soul in a dingy bar.
Much like when Charlie from Busted started his hardcore rock back Fightstar, it’s easy to approach Kiefer’s Sutherland’s music with derision. You could say “he should just stick to what he does best.” Taking a proper listen to Down In A Hole, though, you realise that it’s a solid, accomplished addition to the genre. It won’t set the world on fire, and it’s not likely to break the mainstream, but fans of country should add this to their collection.
Kiefer Sutherland tours the UK from 20 – 26 June, visiting Bristol, Birmingham, London and Manchester. Down In A Hole is available now.