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This is probably one of the most difficult albums I've ever reviewed. Why? Because it is so different. King's X here have mixed Dance, Soul, Jazz-Funk and Heavy Rock to produce something that you'll either love or hate (sometimes depending on your mood). Starting with the excellent Believe we are immediately greeted with a drum loop which leads into soulful heavy rock recalling Lenny Kravitz. Manic Moonlight next is more straightforward but still with a dance style drum loop and simple guitar riff. Skeptical Winds features Doug Pinnick speaking the lyrics over a dance-funk style of heavy riffing and drum loops. Perhaps the best track though (the one that for me works the best) is Vegetable which is a great mix of Jazz-Funk and Heavy rock riffing. This recalls 'Defunkt' (the group that was a precursor to Living Colour) or if you like a cross between Jamiroquai and Led Zeppelin. A very bold effort which sometimes works sometimes doesn't but mostly gets it right.