Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
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The hidden gem of their catalog by far !
Worgelm | United States | 02/02/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Black Flag" is a perfectly good example of why record companies should not pick the single off of the album. Because of their work you may not yet have heard the hook scientist Dr. Ty Tabor at work on "Lost In Germany". This excellent album is an important transitional step for anyone who was completely shocked by Dogman (as I was) after the hippy-trippy "Faith Hope Love" - you'll quickly understand once you're beaten down by the heavy opener "The World Around Me". Songs like "Chariot Song" and the slow, grinding, mega-heavy "Ooh Song" show exactly where the X was going to land, although maybe with a little more deference to their past. "Not Just For The Dead" and "The World Around Me" also show the not-so-subtle Christian leanings in their early lyrics. (The former is also the final appearance as of yet of the sitar on a KX album). But just in case those songs might scare you off a little take a listen to "The Big Picture". That song just makes my eyes watery thinking about listening to it - its the ultimate catharsis, its like being in the center of a hundred black baptist choirs, led by a wildly screaming Doug Pinnick, utterly sublimated by the sheer force and power of its emanating aura of goodness - and lord help me Ty's solo on this song is freakin' otherworldly. The second half of the disc has "Dream In My Life", a pretty ballad which has another mega-dose of Ty at the end, overdubbing something like 12 guitars playing at once. Otherwise "Silent Wind" and "Black Flag" bring down the quality a bit - just a bit. (4-1/2 stars)"
A great place to start... and to come back to again and agai
Brian S. Van Kley | Oswego, IL USA | 05/15/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm writing this review after having just seen King's X in concert for the third time. In preparation for the concert, I spent the week reviewing, rotating all of their CD's through my car CD player over the course of the week. When I got to their self titled album, I noticed (for the first time) how stripped town Jerry's drumming is on "World Around Me," a song that I've liked for many years. It amazed me that after all these years (about 15?) I am still finding little easter eggs of brilliance ALL OVER that album.
This was my first King's X album, and I recommend it to any first-time listener for the following reasons:
-It still has moments that sound like their Gretchen days
-It foreshadows what comes later, like Dogman and the amazing new Ogre Tones
-It still contains hints of their spiritual roots (okay, more than a few hints... some very cool / obscure references that only you biblical scholars out there might actually catch on first listen)
-It is an album that continues to amaze me, even after 15 years of fairly consistent listening.
If you like rock that makes you think... A LOT... you need to check out this band, and especially this album.
(I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because the album always strikes me as inconsistent... the funny thing is, there are songs on that album that take a while to grow on you. I never liked Big Picture when I first got that album, but years later, it's so much like moments in Ogre Tones that I find that it has become one of my favorite of their songs.)"
One of their best efforts!
Sandman | Canada | 05/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's been a while since I picked up this cd and it's about time I told the world how great this cd is.
It truly encompasses what King's X is all about. Clean melodic guitars, bass tone to die for and absolutely wonderful hocks and melodies. It really doesn't get any better than this. Ty Tabor's guitar work is refreshing and refined and Doug Pinnick's bass tone and his vocal style are first rate. All the songs on here are catchy and you can easily sing along to them if you feel up to it. Your senses will love how beautifully this cd rolls along. It's just like a hot knife through butter (to quote Kiss), I love it!
All in all this band is one of the worlds greatest mystery's as they truly DO NOT get the recognition they deserve.
They have had some average offerings along the way as they've tried to play with their style somewhat in order to get more main stream. This was only done to try and satisfy their record labels greed to make money, however this offering is not one of those efforts. This puppy totally kicks ass!!
King's X is a great band that only a few know anything about!!