King’s X – King’s X

ARTIST: King’s X                       220px-kings_x_self_titled

TITLE:  King’s X

YEAR RELEASED: 1992

CHART ACTION: #138 US, #46 UK

SINGLES: Black Flag (#17 Mainstream Rock), Dream in My Life, World Around Me

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Lost in German, Prisoner.

LINEUP: Doug Pinnick, Ty Tabor, Jerry Gaskill

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: King’s X eschews the longer concept album with a more direct song-oriented approach, and succeeds but still get little but cult attention.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: For their fourth album as King’s X, the trio decided to can the album long themes and stories, and concentrate on more direct songwriting. It’s a definite success, as tracks like “Prisoner” and “Lost in Germany’ show. Those two tracks weren’t released to single or radio, for some damn reason.

There’s a bit more aggression in some tracks, which are sweetened by their natural harmonies, and of course, plenty of great playing – utilizing fancy schmancy chords and structures without being ponderous or flashy.

This was probably the pinnacle of King’s X as a commercial entity, and it still was criminally underheard. They weren’t fitting into grunge much like they didn’t fit into hair metal. Alas. But they still had the songs and the chops.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was their last album with Sam Taylor as their producer.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: A:  Yes, I’m a King’s X fan, but this is just a darn good record, and they definitely show versatility here.

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