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Democracy

Killing Joke Audio CD
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WITH A reputation forged in fire, brimstone and magic, Killing Joke have long been one of rock’s most iconic & influential outfits with a string of revered recordings to their name.

Covered by Metallica, Foo Fighters and more, Killing Joke’s apocalyptic vision continues to draw praise from such high-profile supporters as Jimmy Page and Billy Corgan, and the band’s ... Read more in Amazon's Killing Joke Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Feb 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dragonfly
  • ASIN: B000024L3C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,602 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 9 Sep 2014
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typical of kj right on the money
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4.0 out of 5 stars And now for something completely different.... 7 April 2005
By Michael Stack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In the wake of the success of "Pandemonium", Killing Joke (still vocalist Jaz Coleman, guitarist Geordie, and bassist Youth) created something wholly different-- after the Middle Eastern-tinged industrial metal of their last album, the band produced an album in a unique style-- texture-oriented guitars (even acoustic guitars!), crisp bass, and varied vocals. The result has proven wildly unpopular with fans, but perhaps unfairly so. Its experimental, and it misses sometimes, but its certainly an interesting record.

Lyrically, this is a continuation of themes for the band, but rather than being about the impending collapse, it is about the collapse and the reaction. Its difficult I think to get into lyrically because it paints a picture of finding a new home, and lacks a lot of the lyrical venom that previous records had-- "Savage Freedom" being the exception. Its also got a bit of a personal spin to it, confessional lyrics ("Prozac People", "Absent Friends"), and its somewhat of a bitter record, belief that democracy has failed.

The use of acoustic guitars is most apparent on the title track and "Lanterns"-- the former is largely acoustic guitars mixed with heavy tribal bass and drums, the latter is unusual, even for Killing Joke-- another reviewer described it as anthemic, but as a criticism. I'd use the same term as a compliment-- the piece is brilliant, but unlike virtually all other Killing Joke material, its full of optimism. The most important part about these two though is that they're largely designed to evoke a different mood than the usual Killing Joke piece, this isn't about anger or sarcasm (or at least not the extent that other albums are), but remorse and moving on-- this theme comes back a number of times in the future as well on the record to great effect ("Pilgrimage", "Medicine Wheel", "Absent Friends"). Of course, this IS a Killing Joke record, and there's some good proto-industrial slabs here ("Savage Freedom", "Aeon").

My point is, this is a great record, its just really different from the rest of the band's catalog-- given the popularity of the last two records, its no suprise the reaction this one got. But its a unique and interesting record in its own right.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but Beautiful 3 Nov 1998
By C. Adam Kuhn [cgkuhn@voicenet.com] - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Killing Joke have never been ones to tone down their angry political views, but never before have they been brought to the forefront as on this record. Democracy opens with the brutal "Savage Freedom" picking up steam until the ear-shattering climax. This sets the stage perfectly for the rest of the album: violent, shredding guitar, vicious percussion and above it all, the hoarse shout of Jaz Coleman's vocals. The biggest suprise is the title track, which begins with sparkling acoustic guitar and reaches anthemic heights with the classic chorus, "Sorry, democracy is changing." Of course, it doesn't always work, as on the overlong "Prozac People" and the simplistic "Intellect," but these are small nits to pick on an otherwise violently beautiful album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and bitter, yet hard-hitting music 16 Jan 2004
By Peter Kamnev - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I strongly disagree with those fans that describe Democracy as a weak album. In fact, it makes for the most enjoyable listening, although surely not as the most revolutionary or influential. It is not as unlistenable to as What's THIS for...! or meaningless rage as their latest (it is the probably only time one can agree with the Rolling Stone review!). The vocal shifts are very in place here, as are surrounding musical landscapes, beautiful and bitter, and it's not as repetitious as their usual material. Acoustic guitar is also very good for variety, and will all the diehard fans ever learn that variety is no "selling out"!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new pinnacle 13 Dec 2000
By Michael Heminger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Well, just when I thought they'd done it all, the boys reach a new height with this one, combining the lucid glory of "Brighter Than a Thousand Suns" with the primal punch of earlier works. Jaz's vocals are showing the strain of his emotive shouting over Geordie's razor-blanket guitars, but the majesty of these works shines through. The disc drags a bit at first, but once "Lanterns" kicks in, we are introduced once again to the alien and mesmerizing world that only this band can take us to. If you believe the hype that these guys are still negative, check out the spiritual ring of "Medicine Wheel" or the brilliance of "Pilgrimage." (Is that a guitar?? How DOES he do that?) Not an album to play for the relatives, but in these charged political times, "Another Bloody Election" and the title track should be played on every station in the country.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic of the mid '90s -- Get it 30 May 2003
By G. C JONES - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was my first Killing Joke. I loved it. It isn't very representative of their earlier stuff, which is quite generally dirtier sounding and more difficult listening. This album has a great sound (play it on great speakers for maximum effect) with some more mainstream drumming. But Geordie's guitars (sometimes acoustic, e.g. Lanterns and Pilgrimage) are omnipresent as are Jaz's singing, shouting and other political rantings. Youth's bass is a little subdued but definitely grooves in places (medicine wheel). The long (repetitive but good) Aeon is a favorite of many. The charm of this band and the strength of the songs should work their way into your heart and stay there for ever - 5 stars.
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