I discovered King's X after hearing Tommy Vance play 'Sometimes' from the album prior to this one (Out of the Silent Planet) on the old Friday Rock Show. I was struck by the wonderfully full rock sound they produced along with the clever little vocal twists. I went straight out and bought this album on cassette - hey, this was the late eighties and I was a struggling, starving student!
On 'Gretchen Goes to Nebraska' there's more of that pumping rock sound, but with a little more sophistication, particularly on the vocals. The melodies are catchy but not "poppy" and the harmonies are especially complex. The band were showing more sophistication in their song writing, musically as well as lyrically, and this is demonstrated in a tighter feel to the production. For me, this is King's X at their creative best, and while subsequent Atlantic releases follow in the same vein as this album, they don't have the edge that this recording does. Top tracks include; 'Over my Head', 'Summerland' and 'Pleides'. Even today, this is the album that I love to sing along to in the bath.