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King Tuff

King TuffAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 29, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B007P5U36Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Anthem
2. Alone & Stoned
3. Keep On Movin'
4. Unusual World
5. Bad Thing
6. Loser's Wall
7. Stranger
8. Baby Just Break
9. Stupid Superstar
10. Evergreen
11. Swamp Of Love
12. Hit & Run

Editorial Reviews

King Tuff is the 2012 record from King Tuff his first for Sub Pop and his second album overall. Was Dead, King Tuff's 2008 debut, captured the attention of the rock underground and quickly blew through its limited pressing. His gem of a new album was produced by Bobby Harlow, of The Go and Conspiracy of Owls, who said of King Tuff: "We've created something here. King Tuff should not be inspected or even listened to with critical ears. Cut your ears off. Rock & Roll is meant to be blasted into your cells, penetrated, and absorbed. It's a visceral experience." All hail the King.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The New Great Wonder July 8, 2012
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Kyle Thomas is maybe the most talented young Rock God that even your dweebiest indie snob pal didn't know about before last month. He's the frontman for Witch, J. Mascis' Stoner Metal side project; he's the front man of Sub Pop's criminally underrated indie poppers Happy Birthday (we recommend checking out their incredible eponymous 2010 debut if you've not already); he was in cult hero folk band Feathers (released on Devendra Banhart's Gnomonson imprint); and now he's releasing kinda/sorta solo albums under the name King Tuff - via Sub Pop Records, no less. Imagine Jay Reatard, if he were less angsty and used his real voice a little more. Or even Stephen Malkmus, if he were less guarded and abstract. Thomas is a weirdo who comes off as equally spirited and sweet - a rock singer/songwriter who actually appears to be happy and fun.

While I was never a huge Reatard believer, I always appreciated the man's unapologetic enthusiasm for rock n' roll music. The swaggering, sometimes pounding, surprisingly creative, totally howling stuff. Stones, Iggy, Germs, Wire, Wipers, you get it. Kyle "King Tuff" Thomas has that same spirit, though in a way that resembles - at least on this record - the Brother Davies more than it does the Brother Asheton. "Loser's Wall," the lead single from King Tuff, simultaneously reminds me of three of the things I love most: Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain; The Rolling Stones; and pivitol scenes from Wes Anderson movies that feature Brit Pop singles. It's one of the best indie tracks of the year, and one that will age better than most of the competition.

"Loser's Wall" aside, I can't quite call King Tuff a great record. Nope, Thomas hasn't made one of those just yet (though the Happy Birthday disc did come close).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Record of the Year! August 9, 2012
By Skul
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I think this is gonna wind up being my favorite record this year. I can't stop playing it! It sounds kinda like Wreckless Eric fronting Big Star or something on that order. That good. Too many good songs to mention: "Keep On Movin'", "Bad Thing", "Loser's Wall", and "Alone & Stoned" are all great! The whole record is real good. Go get it, you little hipster, you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I first heard King Tuff and shrugged, no biggie. A few tracks in and probably 80-90 listens later, I am a huge fan. They do a great updated T.Rex/Mark Bolan thing but that's not all. They have great pop sensibilities--mellow tracks interspersed between harder edge ones. Anthem, Alone and Stoned, Unusual World, Stupid Superstar are all great tracks--not a dud on the whole album. I listen to this album at least twice a week. The songs will stick with you. Pure magic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jawsome!!! October 5, 2012
Saw these guys at the Beauty Bar in Las Vegas. I was blown away. I immediately bought their vinyl, had King Tuff sign it, and now I play it all the time. All of the songs on this album are amazing which seems extremely rare these days. Bad Thing, Alone and Stoned, Stranger, and Baby Just Break make this record absolutely a must buy. I can't wait to see how King Tuff's career turns out. I'm sure there are great things to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Summer Jamz July 14, 2012
This record hits pretty immediately. Alone and Stoned, Bad Thing, luvs em. Losers War has got a T Rex vibe. Great songs, bat on the cover, GET INTO IT
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and Ecclectic February 20, 2014
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My son goes to school in Vermont and I stumbled upon this most interesting young artist with several catchy 'angst with humor' songs even an old dude like myself enjoys.Can't wait to see where he goes pressure though!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pop punk that's accessible, edgy, and varied. October 30, 2013
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Besides having an amazing live set (personal experience) King Tuff delivers with a sonic display of angsty power with catchy standout songs like "Bad Thing" "Anthem" "Alone & Stoned" "Stupid Superstar" and "Hit & Run." It's run time is appropriate and a couple songs like "Swamp of Love" slow down the momentum a bit. Put it in your car and jam out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Young Up and Coming Psych Rock God August 20, 2013
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Tremendous 2nd album from Kyle Thomas who records under the name King Tuff. To these ears he seems to draw inspiration from the Psych Rock, Jangly pop which seems to be about in abundance these days, THANK YOU. This album starts off noisy but quickly finds its feet in its melodic jangly pop core. To be fair, I love it and am wildly excited by what this guy is likely to come up with in the future. But first things first, this album. I guess if you're trying to catagorise, its similar to Thee Oh Sees and/or Mikal Cronin, Tame Impala, Fresh and Only's. But the real strength is the quality of the songs, I'm seriously smitten. First track Anthem, alerts you to something good happening, followed by Alone & Stoned, yeah I get it. and on we go, nary a dud on this gem. I'm running out of superlatives, just go and get yourself a copy,a seriously good alt pop album.
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