I'm writing this review after having just seen King's X in concert for the third time. In preparation for the concert, I spent the week reviewing, rotating all of their CD's through my car CD player over the course of the week. When I got to their self titled album, I noticed (for the first time) how stripped town Jerry's drumming is on "World Around Me," a song that I've liked for many years. It amazed me that after all these years (about 15?) I am still finding little easter eggs of brilliance ALL OVER that album.
This was my first King's X album, and I recommend it to any first-time listener for the following reasons:
-It still has moments that sound like their Gretchen days
-It foreshadows what comes later, like Dogman and the amazing new Ogre Tones
-It still contains hints of their spiritual roots (okay, more than a few hints... some very cool / obscure references that only you biblical scholars out there might actually catch on first listen)
-It is an album that continues to amaze me, even after 15 years of fairly consistent listening.
If you like rock that makes you think... A LOT... you need to check out this band, and especially this album.
(I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because the album always strikes me as inconsistent... the funny thing is, there are songs on that album that take a while to grow on you. I never liked Big Picture when I first got that album, but years later, it's so much like moments in Ogre Tones that I find that it has become one of my favorite of their songs.)