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King Con [CD]

Alex Winston Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (5 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B006XEH7Q2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,282 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Fire Ant 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Velvet Elvis 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Medicine 4:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Locomotive 3:420.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Guts 4:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sister Wife 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Choice Notes 4:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Shock Me 3:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Benny 3:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Run Rumspringa 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Fold 3:410.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

BBC Review

A key fallout of the Lana Del Rey echo chamber of hype was the revelation that so many music critics let their fascination with A&R process amplify anticipation for an album to fever pitch. As the noise rose, so did the low-level snooping – and the questions became so loud that reviewers barely even required a copy of the album.

Alex Winston’s King Con is so flimsily constructed and devoid of imagination that a reaction can only follow as such. The intonation is purposely wacky, and it’s about drifters – "People you don’t really write songs about," according to Detroit-born Winston herself. But instead of offering allure alongside its social commentary, it just sounds desperate to be alternative. Quite how this became a marketable crux evades common logic.

The story goes that Winston named her album King Con after spending several months in an Elvis costume promoting her single Velvet Elvis, concluding that Elvis impersonators are the ultimate con. As if that wasn’t bombastic enough, there’s a sub-narrative on objectum sexuality – so far, so dizzying. But instead of allowing us space to fall for her strange obsessions, King Con merely constructs a space for Winston’s fleeting thoughts to stew in their own pretension.

The sugary sound of weirdness has become the adult version of bubblegum pop, as showcased by the shrieking soprano in Shock Me’s intolerable quirkfest. But where current bubblegum queen Cher Lloyd’s array offers excitement and curiosity, Winston’s own Broadway-tainted inflections come off cynical. There’s no path here to Winston’s thoughts, they’re just thrown at the microphone; a timely reminder that Lily Allen’s rare charm came from deft construction rather than a neat repertoire of references alone.

If the constructedness of King Con doesn’t isolate, the lack of fun ought to. Run Rumspringa (a ditty about Amish adolescence) could have been the song to step up to Winston’s oddball fascinations, but its enrapturing slow tempo sadly defaults to a saccharine jaunt. The lack of variation is lazy and transparent, even in the face of such buoyant harmonies.

A joyless listen in and of itself, sure – but moreover, this is a puzzling eyesore exemplifying quite how this process of constructing and immediately normalising eccentricity can still have an appeal.

--Natalie Shaw

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and catchy, highly recommended 1 Oct 2012
By aerig
Format:Audio CD
I must admit that I hadn't heard of Alex Winston until I looked her up after enjoying the music on the advert for Google Chrome. And I was very glad that I had bothered to listen to more. Very catchy songs, with quirky chord sequences and instrumentation. The vast majority of the songs on the album are upbeat and this is refreshing as so many albums have several dull and mushy album fillers. While there are a couple of weaker tracks, as on any album they are perfectly listeneable and may appeal more to others. Stand-out tracks include "Velvet Elvis", "Fire Ant", "Locomotive" and "Choice Notes". I suggest watching the video to "Velvet Elvis" also as this is quite entertaining if not quite bizarre and gives you a sense of her personality. All in all a great album and I can't wait to hear more from this artist!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something old and something new! 9 April 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Rating reflects fact that I'm a Winston fan ... wouldn't pretend to be a "professional critic" from the BBC! Album covers both her "old hits" (starting from Choice Notes) through to her recent Velvet Elvis/Fire Ant releases. Also album numbers (with potential for some new hits). Album production reflects her commercial side (i.e. think "Choice Notes" popular version). Those who prefer her "acoustic moments" (i.e. live show material) will be disappointed. No remixes either. Otherwise, this gets a big "thumbs-up":->
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5.0 out of 5 stars New and Fresh Brilliant! 30 April 2013
By Mark
Format:MP3 Download
I first fell in Love with Alex Winston's music due to the Google Ad but now I ador her music, Brilliant Album
Fave tracks:
Velvet Elvis
Fire Ant
Sister Wife

All other tracks are new to me but I'm glad I found them! Buy now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different! 4 Jun 2013
By Ray
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you like off the wall music with a definite Japanese influence it is a brilliant sound. Really enjoyed it. First heard as music for adverts on TV and had to trace artist but well worth effort.
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