Karma - Diffuser
Weeks on Chart: 8 Peak: #26 (Feb. 2001) buy it!
Karma is from Diffuser's Injury Loves Melody CD. The music is hard rock without a nasty attitude. Karma is pretty standard power chord driven rock and roll but it has good energy. The philosophy-lite lyrics aren't as spiritually meaningful as the band thinks but they fit the band's pleasantly searching persona: "sometimes you get what you want, sometimes you get what you need, but you're always going to get what you deserve."
Keep Away - Godsmack
Weeks on Chart: 6 Peak: #24 (Oct. 1999) buy it!
Keep Away, from the band's self titled debut, is more angry rock directed at young males and it's hard to imagine much appeal beyond its target audience. Keep Away has big guitars and growled vocals warning someone who's taken advantage of the singer in the past, to "stay away from me."
Keep Fishin' - Weezer
Weeks on Chart: 6 Peak: #40 (Aug. 2002) buy it!
Weezer's self produced Maladroit CD doesn't always show Weezer at its best. Weezer's usual hooks are in fairly short supply, the sound could use a little polishing and too much time is wasted on pointless guitar rock. Still, it's a pretty good record with quite a few good songs. Musically, Keep Fishin' is so fun and buoyant that its goofy Muppet Show video is a great match. Brian Bell and Rivers Cuomo's good, chunky guitars are well supported by Pat Wilson's upbeat drumming. Loose backing vocals, including doo-wahs on the meter changing bridge, further enhance Keep Fishin's joyful mood. Not surprisingly, Cuomo's lyrics are not as happy as the music. He sings how not being with girl he loves and seeing how she's not getting her life together makes him sad.
The Kids Aren't Alright - The Offspring
Weeks on Chart: 8 Peak: #15 (Sept. 1999) buy it!
The 3rd single from Americana is less gimmicky than the previous singles, Pretty Fly for A White Guy and Why Don't You Get a Job. Its lyrics, about the problems and obstacles that today's youth can face, seem inconsistent with those of the smartass Why Don't You Get a Job. They might not be geniuses but the Offspring seem to be able to communicate with the kids of today. The more important reason for their success is that the music is great. It's compelling, driving punk rock.
King Of All The World - Old 97's
Weeks on Chart: 3 Peak: #50 (April 2001) buy it!
Old 97's are usually modest twangers, respectful to their country rock roots and not too showy. King Of All The World, from the Satelite Blues CD, finds the band getting off on the thrill of power chords. Rhett Miller is appealingly exuberant, paying tribute from the road to a woman "who turned the power on" when he was "in a real bad way" and hoping "to go back to the world when I was the king of all of the world." Guitar players Ken Bethea and Miller give the song a good, stomping energy.
Knock Down Walls - Tonic
Weeks on Chart: 6 Peak: #27 (Dec. 1999) buy it!
Tonic are always fairly generic but this one about loving someone but being tired of being taken for granted rocks pretty hard. The song doesn't really go anywhere but the guitars are pretty tough.
Kryptonite - Three Doors Down
Weeks on Chart: 48 Peak: #1 (Oct. 2000) buy it!
Kryptonite, from the young Mississippi band's Better Life CD, is a phenomenon. It's been in the top 50 since the first week of March 2000 and was one of the biggest hits of 2000. The song's success is probably about having a slightly new, fresh sound while still seeming familiar. Kryptonite has a solid, sturdy blues rock sound, a little like the classic rock staple Radar Love. Matt Roberts' guitar line is good and incisive. Kryptonite has an easy, unpretentious feel. Brad Arnold's lyrics are appealingly understated and vulnerable. Instead of being macho, Arnold sings about having a troubled mind. He needs reassurance that even if he goes crazy, his girl will stay by his side and treat him like her Superman.