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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B00005OAHX
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,694 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Believe
2. Manic Moonlight
3. Yeah
4. False Alarm
5. Static
6. Skeptical Winds
7. The Other Side
8. Vegetable
9. Jenna
10. Water Ceremony

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KING'S X Manic Moonlight CD

King's X has never wanted to be a typical band, and this holds true for their ninth album. While the songs are not as immediate as their earlier works, the arrangements on Manic Moonlight are progressive and jazzy with clever hooks that might require a few listens to sink in--but after that they become irresistible. There's also more of a funk influence here, with album opener "Believe" setting the tone with a fine groove. "Skeptical Winds" explores the style more deeply with touches of R&B and soul, and the heavy bass line coupled with hard-rock crunch on "Vegetable" is truly original. "Static" experiments with dark ambient rhythms and odd samples, becoming a wall of metallic noise and screaming guitars. The wonderful lush harmonies that have been a King's X trademark are present on the melodic "Jenna" and the dreamy, uplifting "False Alarm," which stand strong next to the album's harder moments such as "Yeah" and title track. It's another fine album from this very talented and underrated band. --Gail Flug

Customer Reviews

This album just plain sucks.
I've been a King's X fan since the Gretchen album and I eagerly anticipated the release of this one.
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The music is very groovy, Every song offers a different piece of the band and an original sound.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian Ekberg on September 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I don't know why King's X isn't the biggest band in the world. They have three incredible vocalists, a huge sound that has carefully incorporated (but not parroted) modern styles, fabulous lyrics and uncompromising musicianship, all in a very attractive package.
Forget the God trappings and "Christian band" albatross that constricted the band's success in the early 90s. "Manic Moonlight" is a fantastic album by a band that is long past controversey and completely confident in its own place in the music business. Starting with the band's last album "Please Come Home... Mr. Bulbous" King's X has found comfort in their niche of writing powerful, melodic hard rock that are at once adventurous and fun. I don't think the band is even striving for a "hit" anymore (as they have in the past) and the result is a relaxed, easy flow to a great album of songs.
The songs on Manic Moonlight are fun and feature the astonishing triple harmonies that the band has come to be known for. In addition, this album makes a subtle use of drum loops and other samples. No, this isn't King's X meets Fatboy Slim, it's a band experimenting with new sounds.
Musically, the band seems to be experimenting in the separation of Ty Tabor's guitars from Doug Pinnick's bass. Several songs seem to focus primarily on Pinnick's bass playing, with Tabor's parts being very minimalist. Also, there's a lot of call and response between the two instruments. An interesting variation, and when all three instruments (bass, guitar and drums) come "together" that huge King's X sound is truly wonderous to behold.
I'm still making my way through this album for the first times but I'm happy with what I've heard so far. If you're a King's X fan, you don't need me to convince you to buy this CD. If you're not and you want to hear some interesting music from a talent deserving wider recognition, pick up Manic Moonlight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PhiloNine on September 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Man, listening to this guy, I believe Bulbous was the warm-up party. This record sounds like a band that still has quite a bit left to say, even if their Gretchen-era fans are by now plugging their ears and singing "LALALALALA".
Let's get it over with : Yes, there are loops all over this thing. Its going to annoy some people without a doubt. But is it a shocking new sound, destined to drive fans away in hordes? Well, if you can survive the first five seconds or so, you should be okay, quite frankly leveled by the blast that follows.
Even with the sampling and experimental song structures, _Manic Moonlight_ seems to be overall much more cohesive than last year's _Mr Bulbous_, which was more of an oddball collection of good moments than an album proper. It's darker, funkier, looser and more open and psychadelic than ever before. On far-out songs like the ultra-funky single "Vegetable" and the oozing "Manic Moonlight" the loops seem to inspire the jams that follow. On the intriguing "Static" the band builds, layer by layer with a simple vocal mantra over a tabla loop until the sonic foundations threaten to crumble. On the other hand the cheezy loop, travelling through time and space from some Jimmy Jam-R&B production circa 1988, on the otherwise solid power ballad "False Alarm" seems rather pointless, even obtrusive. But if songs like "Skeptical Winds" and the stunning, darkly beautiful closer "Jenna" - with another one of those killer bizarro-world Ty Tabor chord progressions - are any indication, KX is hell-bent on redressing their singular prog-soul-sound and forging a completely new sonic frontier to explore. How many bands sound this restless after 20 years together?
Take it : Jenna, The Other Side, Believe
Leave it : The intro to "False Alarm"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wil on June 1, 2003
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Ever since King's X released Tape Head in 1998, the quality (and quantity) of their material has gradually declined. Yet as a die-hard fan from the early days, I was willing to give the band some leeway, and to support them; after all, they are so talented. One listen to Gretchen Goes To Nebraska(1989), King's X (1992), or Ear Candy (1996) will prove it. But it seems that as soon as the band adopted their new writing style -- penning songs as a unit rather than individually -- the craftsmanship and uniqueness of their output has been seriously deluted. And that trend has continued here on Manic Moonlight.
Tape Head was hit and miss, as was its 2000 follow-up Please Come Home...Mr. Bulbous. That album also only contained 9 tracks, which didn't leave much worthy material. On this disc, the band once again short-change their fans with only 9 songs, and once again, only a mere handful are worth the time of any respectable fan. (Note: the last track is actually just an inane waste of space, featuring the band drinking water and belching and giggling.)
The music of King's X, once trendsetting, with its drop-D tuning, angular arrangements, and Beatle-esque harmonies, built against introspective lyrics, set trends throughout music circles, if not on the charts. But on 'Mr. Bulbous' and this disc, we see the band retreading tired ground already covered by most of the same bands they inspired to begin with.
The title track, Jenna, False Alarm and The Other Side are all decent tracks, and stand out against the rest of the album, which all sounds the same. Even the introduction of drum loops doesn't help distinguish the tracks. In fact, the drum loops sound flat, as does the whole production.
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