What Is?!

June 16, 2014 | Format: MP3

$5.99
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  • Original Release Date: June 16, 2014
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Copyright: 2014 Merge Records
  • Total Length: 49:56
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  • ASIN: B00L1N5NDE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,781 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By McSpunkle on November 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
When I picked this up several months back, it didn't leave my player/head, and still hasn't. It's like James Brown, Iggy Pop and Sun Ra threw a party, invited The Electric Prunes, The Sonics and Os Mutantes & someone definitely spiked the punch!

Now, I know it's lame to just throw out a bunch of references in a review, but with What Is?! you almost have to. Nothing ground-breaking, but that's totally beside the point, for this album is the real deal. It's like soul meets punk meets psychedelia meets free jazz but most importantly REAL rock n roll!!

If you are a fan of one or more of those artists, check this and all of King Khan's stuff out. And if you get a chance to see them live, do so, it's a religeous experience!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Henderson on February 19, 2008
Format: MP3 Music
You will enjoy this album if:

1- you like good music
2- you like to rock out
3- you are tired of 22 year olds telling you which albums are "essential"
4- you did not fall into the hype machine that is TV On The Radio
5- you did not like new wave the first time around
6- you like soul, funk, psych rock, James Brown, Sun Ra, The Stooges all rolled into one
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smrz on November 25, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This excellent release contains 14 tracks with a duration of 50 minutes. I reviewed King Khan & Shrines 2013 release "Idle No More" a while ago and because I was so pleased with the release so much that I decided to try another one of this excellent group. Well, I am very ecstatic that I did so. This release is from 2009, and I even like it more than their new release. My introduction to the group was through Little Steven's Underground Garage radio show and Stevie proclaimed that King Khan & The Shrines were from Germany by way of Montreal. These guys are most certainly the real thing! They deliver their own unique sound but their sound is derivative of 60's Psych-Soul! I have not ever heard of them until about 2 months ago and I am confounded as to why they are not more well known. Their sound can be described as 60's soul meets Punk-Psychchedelic with some free-form jazz thrown into the mix to deliver a contagious, party-down, dance on the tables vibe. O.K. I'll go with The Stooges meet Sun-Ra in the Velvet Underground! How's that? My favorite tracks here include "I Wanna Be A Girl", "Welfare Bread", "Land Of the Freak", "69 Faces Of Love", "Cosmic Serenade", which is part instrumental with Sun Ra influences as horns and other instruments weave their way around the mix. Moving along, we get "Let Me Holler", which is a flat-out screamer that holds-up very well, sounding like James Brown. We also get "In Your Grave", "Fear & Love", and the wild finale "The Ballad Of Lady Godiva", which sounds like the Velvet Undergrounds's "Venus In Furs", as well as their tune "The Black Angel's Death Song", which are both tunes from their 1st L.P., "The Velvet Underground & Nico". All in all, this release is louder and rocks harder than their 2013 effort "Idle No More".Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Chapin on December 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have to say that I never heard of these guys before seeing King Kahn and BBQ on Halloween in Wicker Park. It was a heckuva show. I try to stay current with my music so I downloaded this CD the very next day--and I'm still listening to it. The full size band and horns make for a pretty unique sound. Yeah, it's derivative but most artists are nowadays. It's the early New York sound mixed with ska and a refined Bowie thrown in. Most of these songs are better than average, and they're thick; meaning that they grow on you with time rather than bore you with time. The best of them has to be "No Regrets" which is one of the kickingest songs ever (a great video version of it can be found on Kahn's MS page). Also, I'm a big fan of "Welfare Bread," "Le Fils," and "How Can I Keep You." King Kahn's the type of guy who keeps you optimistic concerning the new music.
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