Today, I’m reviewing ‘Supplication’ by Kingdom of Herts. I’m told that this song was made to support traditional marriage. The version I’m reviewing is what they call a “prototype” and still has some work to be done in the production area, so I won’t comment on production.
The song is a bit long and never quite picks up enough for my taste, but that’s ok for what they’re trying to do. I still think it needs to be shortened a bit though. The lyrics are solid, but I think they need a catchier chorus than “Please, can you help me? (2x) I’m desperate for you.” There are moments where I think the harmony could use some work as well, but I think that may be more of a production matter, so I won’t judge based off of that.
I give it 3 stars, mainly because I think it needs to pick up more, needs to be shorter and the chorus isn’t catchy enough. I just think that since it’s a bit repetitive, it definitely needs shortened. Of course, I’m judging it by American standards… and the group is not American, so take my opinion for what it’s worth. I still think a lot of you would enjoy it! I have embedded the video on the page for your enjoyment.
Below is some information from the band about this release:
“This song was initially written in August 2012, during the period of the Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch, a major music competition on Newgrounds (it’s a site mainly for Flash games and movies, but music and artwork are welcome too). In that very first version, I was the only one singing. I imagined my mum singing this to my dad.
The song was well-received there, but then we at K of H had a chat together… and I brought this song to the table. I told them, Supplication is not a song to be sung alone. Precisely because it is a love song, and precisely because we want to share with others what is beautiful, good and true, we needed another voice. With marriage being under threat in Britain, what with the Same Sex Marriage bill being debated in Parliament, a message regarding the beauty of marriage is sorely needed…
So Richard and I sang this song (Richard did the harmonies). This added deeper meaning into the song: instead of picturing my mum singing this to my dad alone, I began to picture him joining into the song. The two of them meant every word. And that song, from the music down to the vocals, is what marriage truly is about: the harmony and complementary of one man and one woman, inebriated by God’s love, open to children, and willing to stick it out together till death do them part. The song has an old-time sort of feel: it is meant to sound like the kind of love song that lasts for generations, in contrast to the counterfeit ‘love’ that does not last long.
The song was re-released on 15 December 2012 on YouTube. Effective today (21 February 2013), it is now available for stream/purchase on Bandcamp. (Right here!)”