Ear Candy now dates back some 10 years as the band's 6th studio release from 1996. This album has immediate appeal for both existing fans of the band and others into rock/metal in general.
The album kicks off perfectly with Train with its chugging guitar riff setting the tone for the whole album which has a slightly back to basics feel in places.
Other standout tracks are the lively Sometimes, Box, Mississippi Moon & Lines In The Sand (both led by Ty Tabor), Fathers (a very personal song from Doug P) and the simply excellent Life Going By which is an immense album closer. American Cheese is also worth a mention as a quirky Ty led tune with heavy Beatles influence.
with 13 tracks this is a substantial offering with great diversity.
The production (by the band themselves) is fine and I think the intention was to create a fairly live and, at times, raw feel. The songs by their very nature didn't demand a complex muti-layered approach and this has given the sound immediacy and directness.
As ever, this little known trio from Texas has produced another very strong album. A must for the discerning rock fan.
on 26 March 2004
From the opening chords of The Train , through to the fade on Life Going By , this album has kept me hooked since it was first released . All the boxes can be ticked in terms of the classic King's X sounds that have always defined the band - BIG riffs ( The Train , Run ) , melodious harmonies ( The Box , Mississippi Moon ) and Doug's smoky vocals standing head and shoulders above most current singers ( Picture , Sometimes ) . That's without mentioning the fact that the track Life Going By , last on the album , has been consistently voted favourite song on King's X websites . So , get this album - you're in for a treat !
on 27 June 2009
This was a slight different change for them, shedding much of their known themes, concepts. These songs are much more regular in theme and lyrics, but as tunes really originally crafted anf hugely infectious. They are jus treally great summer time positive vibe funky catchy riff filled rock tunes. A great feel good, very thoughful album. Different.
on 18 October 2015
King's X had grown dark & moody as the years went by. Stuck on a major record label, but they failed to deliver commercial success, which they so richly deserved. The fall outs with Producer Sam Taylor were beginning to show on their self titled effort in 1992, and their first album without Taylor was the angry grunge of Dogman (1994). Both were fantastic albums, but perhaps missing the wonderful melodies so evident on their first 3 albums. Atlantic Records gave King's X one last chance with this record, and the band seemingly consigned to their fate just wrote what they wanted. In my opinion it's their finest record. Opener The Train chugs along well, but the psychedelic middle bridge comes from nowhere and is amazing, There is 2 classic rockers here in Sometime & Looking For Love. The mid tempo A Box is absolutely stellar song writing, should of been huge. Doug Pinnick's smoky soul voice, the pure pop of the chorus, and one of Ty Tabor's spell inducing solos. Towards the end we get Picture,a moving epic, with strange tempo changes. Life Going By is the optimistic glorious finale. Play it loud, and let it sink in a few times. You will be rewarded