Many albums down the line from the superb (and pinnacle?) Gretchen album, KX come full circle and we should all feel better for it. Based on this offering they must rue the fact that it's not their first in some ways - production at last balanced, great big riffs (I can see the mosh pits loving certain parts on this, bounce bounce bounce) and the trademark Pinnick soulfullness and Tabor guitar work.
The current music climate is right for this one, a bit punky, a bit eighties (especially from the lyrical point of view) but still retaining that King's X feel. Standout track without doubt is 'Dreams' with it's reggae-leaning build up and huge bouncing chorus and, as always, a certain spirit of hopefulness to the writing. This carefully supported up with eastern influenced 'Screamer' and the ceratinly self-indulgent but still fine 'Johnny'. As ever, KX wearing their hearts on sleeves.
Indeed, I agree with the previous reviewer in that they seem to be enjoying proceedings that much more. In fact, they don't seem so concerned with their own perfection, tracks like 'Rock Pile' and 'Finished' just bounce along happily and it's nice to hear definate Poundhound 'it's all in the riff' accessability. The harmonies have been trimmed down (in quantity, certainly not in quality!) and used more as a decent tool now rather than just lavishing on everything.
Really, I hope this changes their place in the world, though I fear it will be too late. They need a slot on the Perfect Circle tour next year, it COULD change everything (sense a petition anyone?). I recently read that 250,000 records was the most they ever sold with one offering (suprisingly, Faith Hope Love) so let's see if we can help them along eh? A fine record from a so-influential band and one that can still write riffs and offer diversity that sneers in the face of these new boy metal bands. Linkin Park et al take note...............the old boys can still do it!