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Faith Hope Love
King's X
Faith Hope Love
Genres: Rock, Metal
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Faith, Hope, Love By Kings X by KING'S X


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All Artists: King's X
Title: Faith Hope Love
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Megaforce/Atlantic
Original Release Date: 10/23/1990
Re-Release Date: 10/27/2009
Genres: Rock, Metal
Styles: Progressive, Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075678214523, 075678214516, 075678214547, 756782145230


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Faith, Hope, Love By Kings X by KING'S X

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The 90's begins, and this was just brilliant ...
Duke | New Zealand | 06/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the third album from King's X following "Out of the silent planet" (1988) and "Gretchen goes to Nebraska" (1989).

For me Kings X were the most original band in the late 80's / early 90's. This and "Gretchen" are real classics. From the very start the guitar and bass riffs are bold and melodic and the vocals (both lead and backing) are just sheer brilliance.

The opening track ("We are finding who we are") is melodic hard rock at it's best with great changes in timing and complex arrangements of instruments and vocals. From there it just gets better, in fact the opening 5 tracks offer as much diversity and musicianship that it just reminds me 16 years on how unbelievable it all sounded. Certainly `We are finding...", and "It's Love" were catchy enough to be listened to a larger radio audience and the beauty in "Fine Art of Friendship" and "Mr Wilson" showcased a band capable of creating new and diverse soundscapes that for me at the time were real "Wow" factors. "Moanjam" is a real out and out rocker, followed by a real highlight "Six Broken Soldiers" where again the vocal arrangements and overall musicianship have to be heard to be believed. The 9 minute plus "Faith, Hope Love" is yet another highlight, the band producing a real tension filled epic.

Overall I look back at the early 90's and whilst I enjoyed the bulk of Living Color's "Vivid" album from 1988, a fair chunk of Faith No More's "Epic" release from 1990, most of Mother Lovebone, Temple of the Dog, and subsequently Pearl Jam's first two releases ("10" 1991 and V's 1993), it is this album and "Gretchen" that I return to more often than anything else from this time period.

Whilst Genesis and Rush were "my bands" of the 70's and early 80's (plus the bulk of Jethro Tull and 70's Kansas) and Marillion (plus Simple Minds, Waterboys, Big Country and U2) took most of my attention in the mid 80's, it is Kings X (and a couple of years later Dream Theater) that sums up my memories of the early 90's best of all. "Faith, Hope, Love" I come back to many times and it's always a refreshing listen, just so original, complex, melodic, passionate and.... those vocal harmonies.... tremendous.

I certainly enjoy this album as much today as I did back in 1990, I hope that if you do decide to get it that you enjoy it as well, it's superb.
"We Were Born to Be Played on 'Late Show with David Letterma
T. S. Merrill | Hollywood, CA | 04/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"No accounting for the taste of the benighted listener who calls "We Were Born to Be Loved" an "unmemorable" track...considering it's probably the most hard-hitting, rhythmically intricate, and certainly funkiest tune in the entire King's X canon! The second-half breakdown of the song is awe-inspiringly ass-kicking - and clearly has a big fan in Paul Shaffer, who has been playing it on "Late Show with David Letterman" - as a lead-out to commercial breaks - for quite a few years now. So there. Take it to the bridge, y'all! Long live King's X!"
I've Loved So Much, Yet So Little
llooc | CT, USA | 02/15/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I got my first taste of King's X from the Summerland video on Headbanger's Ball off of their "Gretchen Goes to Nebraska" album. Within a week I had both that and their debut, "Out of the Silent Planet", in my collection. I remember feeling pretty antsy about wanting to pick up "Faith Hope Love" - and after seeing the video for It's Love I was even more juiced to buy it.

Super album. Certainly not flawless, but the great moments outshine the mediocre ones by far.

Like everyone below has said, King's X has that Beatlesque-style harmonizing with the vocals. But they're not in every song. And I disagree with those below who've said that there's a funk sound to the metal. I don't hear that at all. When I think of funk-metal I think of "Extreme II: Pornograffitti" or "Mindfunk". What I DO hear is a soul influence, specifically from Doug Pinnick's voice. It's not as much in the music as it is in the vocal inflection.

As for the musicality, yes, this is only a three piece band! Like Cream or Rush they don't need no stinkin' fourth member! And, as a band with such a complete sound from only three members, each player has to stand on their own - and they do. Pinnick is his standard godlike self no matter if he's playing 4, 8 or 12-strings. Ty Tabor is given plenty of room to go off on guitar (on Moanjam, watch your foot on the accelerator if you have this playing in the car!) Jerry Gaskill keeps complex time throughout (I especially love the constant time changes for the last 1:45 of We Were Born To Be Loved).

As to the low points - Ty's falsetto on Six Broken Soldiers detracts from overall impact of what should be a great song. The title track drags a bit. And the mix is not as fat as it should be, which wouldn't be a huge deal if it weren't for Pinnick's importance to the overall sound. When I put this on I'll always turn the bass up to compensate a bit, but it shouldn't be necessary. I expected a little more from a varsity letterman.

But don't let those things keep you from getting this disc. This is still miles ahead of many other bands' releases. You can probably find this in your local used CD shop on the cheap. If you're new to King's X, pick up this or "Gretchen" first."