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Crash Kings

Crash KingsAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 26, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Custard / Universal Motown Records
  • ASIN: B0026IZR7K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 debut from this Alternative Rock trio from L.A. signed by Linda Perry. Crash Kings is a guitar driven band without a guitar. They play anthemic Rock on analog instruments. Their lyrics are intimate and honest, sung in a soaring voice. Crash Kings are the first U.S. band producer Dave Sardy (Oasis, Wolfmother, Ting Tings) has worked with in seven years. Features 'Mountain Man', '1985' and '14 Arms'.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Can't Drive 55 July 20, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
What is wrong with a little piano pacing the mix?

The Crash Kings - Antonio Beliveau (vocals, piano, keyboards), Michael Beliveau (bass), Jason Morris (drums) - ditch the lead guitar for a unique sound on the 10 tracks. And though "Mountain Man" - which packs a punch of the best arena rock from Billy Squier - may lure in the curious, it is where things are kept simple that's most successful.

The top cut is "Come Away," which has a wonderful strings arrangement from David Campbell. "It's Only Wednesday" has the pop sensibilities of the Small Faces, with elements of the Climax Blues Band sprinkled into the mid-tempo "My Love." Morris drives the beat on "Raincoat," while Michael Beliveau provides a harder edge on "You Got Me."

The only stumble is on "Non-Believer," where the gimmicky layered-vocals sounds like something arranged by a clone of Sir George Martin who is on anabolic steroids. But the next cut - "14 Arms" - has a frantic pace that works very well.

The road may be winding, but the twists and turns find this "power trio" commandeering the tangents without the use of the guardrails.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very upbeat, sometimes even magical, and I'm sold July 21, 2009
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Alternative rock bands are really a dime a dozen these days. However, how many do you know that do not feature a guitar? Probably not many, and Crash Kings are one of them. I want to say they sound a lot like some band I've heard before, but I can't place a finger on it. That might be because they sound like a lot of bands, but at least they generate their own flavor with piano, bass, and drums. Also in the mix are Antonio Beliveau's spirited, go-lucky vocals that are at times reminiscent of Mika. In fact, "It's Only Wednesday" sounds like it came straight off Mika's Life In Cartoon Motion. This kind of music is great for your esteem and I welcome more of it. You can't help but feel good.

What I like most about Crash Kings' style is that the bass is so prominent. This isn't to say it's the focal point, but it's the sole string instrument (other than violins and cello in "Come Away," a ballad that feels out of place with the pace of the album; the end would have been a better fit). The bass is not just a foundation here. It's tasty and meaty in numbers like "1985," "Raincoat," and "You Got Me." I like to think Michael Beliveau plays his bass a bit like Death From Above 1979 bass player Jesse Keeler. I also like that the piano isn't overdone in twinkly, headache-ish fashion (sort of related, some metal bands overdo keyboards and it's annoying). The amount of piano is just right and complements the other instruments well.

Crash Kings are very upbeat, sometimes even magical, and I'm sold. Hopefully there is more to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Chariot. November 11, 2010
By Nick
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Crash Kings is the first new band I have gotten into in a long time, all the songs are really sweet on the album, not a stinker in there as far as I'm concerned.

Track 8 You Got Me is frigging awesome! Mountain Man on track 1 is a close second in awesomeness to You Got Me.

Word!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A big rock record with no guitar!? August 16, 2010
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Brothers Tony (lead vocalist and keyboardist) and Mike Beliveau (bass) are the driving force behind the rising rock band called Crash Kings. The Crash Kings burst into your ears with a hard-hitting sound that is both modern and retro, with guitar tones that will shake you...wait, what's this? There is no guitar? No way! How can they get this sound without guitar?

Remarkably, this trio (the brothers are joined by drummer Jason Morris) can pull off a big rock record with only keys, bass, and drums. How do they do this? "With tube overdrive and multiple amps Mike's bass brings heaviness to the band's sound. On top of that Tony plays a clavinet (a keyboard with guitar strings), which has been customized with a large whammy bar allowing him to bend notes like a guitar producing an entirely new sound". I understand your skepticism - but just listen to Tony Beliveau's soaring vocals and the powerful, driving rhythm section and you won't even realize you are rocking out to a band that doesn't use guitar!

The Crash Kings previously opened for Chris Cornell, Stone Temple Pilots, The Bravery, and Rooney. They are currently on tour with Jet, which is a logical match-up as many of their tunes have a retro feel like Jet. But the Crash Kings have a diverse sound, coming close to O.A.R. or Safetysuit at times, or approaching the piano rock of Ben Folds or Josh Fix with a smattering of Queen now and then. If you like any of the aforementioned artists, there is a treasure for you to uncover in the self-titled debut by Crash Kings.

What makes this record so enjoyable does not really relate to the band's unique attributes such as the fact that the founders are brothers who have boldly omitted guitar from their sound spectrum.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Let's face it, since the demise of Ben Folds, piano rock has been lacking of late. So, if you're tired of the pop stylings of The Fray, prepare for the real thing with Crash Kings. Crash Kings knows what they're good at, and they do it pretty well. Most of the songs are primarily piano-driven and guitar-free, but when the guitar does make an appearance, the band juggles the two instruments well.

Highlights Include:
Mountain Man
1985
14 Arms
Raincoat

Vocally, the band sounds like a more southern-rock version of The White Stripes. And it not only works on the rock songs, but they also do a pretty decent ballad. Add to that some good lyrical work, and some memorable songs, and you got yourself the full Crash Kings package, and a pretty good debut from the band. It may not be that expansive sound-wise, but if there's one thing you can't say about the band, it's that they never crash and burn. No crashing here. Just cruising along the little-tread highway of true piano rock.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 2 hit wonder
they got me. what can i say?
they played those 2 awesome songs on the radio and i had to have them, so i bought the album. guess what? the rest is garbage. but, thats just me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by owensdad1025
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff
good quality music that is not too main stream. CD came in a sealed plastic and brand new. Would recommend.
Published 7 months ago by Alez L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Friends recommendation
Heard thsis playing ina friends office and went straight out and bought it. Rhythmic, edgy, loved it from the first.
Published 8 months ago by A. Tulud
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Album!
I love every song on this album. Awesome to chill out to or sing at the top of your lungs in the car. It's so different. No guitar, but there's a piano?! Read more
Published 13 months ago by OhOhHeyLa
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album.
I did not know who the Crash Kings were until I heard one song and I had to buy this album to hear more. I love all kinds of music, these guys are very nice to hear. Read more
Published 15 months ago by JASON HOUSER
5.0 out of 5 stars MOUNTAIN MAN!!!
Great album, great condition when it got here. The best track is #1, Mountain Man. Check it out and thank me later.
Published 16 months ago by Dr. McBadass
5.0 out of 5 stars I first heard Mountain Man and....
I first heard of Crash Kings while surfing youtube and came across, "Mountain Man". I immediately started searching for more and found, "You got me". Read more
Published 22 months ago by Joe Saunders
4.0 out of 5 stars I'd love to Crash into The Kings' Rock
I enjoyed this nice rock and roll album. Crash Kings really knows how to use the drums and the keyboards. My favorite song was "Mountain Man. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Therese
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Really great songs. Last 2 are kind of lacking. Overall a great album. Can't wait for more from this band!
Published 23 months ago by Brian Gincel
5.0 out of 5 stars Stinking great!
Love the whole album. First song I ever heard from Crash Kings was Mountain Man and was hooked immediately. Read more
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