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........BIO.. .... .. .. ....A guy from Jersey, one from Illinois, and another from Mississippi...what are the odds?.. ....Doug Pinnick came from Joliet, IL and grew up in a "musical" family where everybody sang. Jerry Gaskill hails from Bridgeton, New Jersey. Ty Tabor began playing bluegrass with his family at an early age in Mississippi...So, how did they come together?.. ....Doug ... Read more in Amazon's King's X Store

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  • Audio CD (May 20, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • ASIN: B0015UGNSC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pray
2. Blue
3. Repeating Myself
4. Rocket Ship
5. Julie
6. Alright
7. Broke
8. I Just Want To Live
9. Move
10. I Don t Know
11. Stuck
12. Go Tell Somebody
13. Love And Rockets (Hell s Screaming) (bonus track)
14. No Lie (bonus track)

Editorial Reviews

As a music consumer you ve got to be extremely cautious with a term such as cult band . It is often used to describe acts who are commercially unsuccessful or by groups trying to disguise their musical inabilities. With all due respect, this is certainly not the case with King s X. Doug Pinnick (vocals, bass), Jerry Gaskill (drums) and Ty Tabor (guitars) are consummate professionals who enjoy a brilliant reputation amongst fans, media and their peers. King s X s status as a cult band stems from their long time significance on the international rock scene as an all encompassing, fresh and innovative band. Their brand new album XV again proves to be a classic example of intelligent, varied and imaginative rock, on which they combine flawless skills, great compositions and superb production. Produced by sound maestro Michael Wagener in Nashville, Tennessee, the Texan power trio have produced one of the best albums of their successful career. And that is saying something!

Customer Reviews

As always the song writing and production are top notch.
I've been playing this CD a lot since buying it a few weeks ago, and I'm very happy to be excited about a King's X release for the first time in years.
So one of the tracks says, "If you like what you hear, go tell somebody!"
G. Sylvester

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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
At this point in the career of King'X, one can't help but be reminded of Rush. Fans tend to divide both bands history into several 'eras'. King's X found a strong fan base during their 'Sam Taylor' era, which arguably lasted through Dogman (though Taylor didn't produce that album). Ear Candy, Tapehead, & Mr. Bulbous found the band searching for a new direction, surviving divorce, loss of faith, and surviving the challenges of promoting themselves through a smaller label. Most fans consider Manic Moonlight a low point for the band, so scattered and directionless that some of us feared for their future. The retro 'Black Like Sunday' didn't lend much hope, as the band reached back to pre-Taylor songs instead of looking forward. It seemed the train had run out of steam and the well of ideas had run dry.

Enter Tom Wagner[sic - Michael Wagener] who produced Ogre Tones, an album filled with fresh sounds that also hearkened back to the bands earlier prog days with Sam Taylor. I believe that King's X has been on a journey to find their place in the world musically and spiritually, and XV just may be the culmination of that trip. Like Rush, they have changed, confused fans, and all but disappeared from the public eye, but they have stubbornly refused to keep churning out the same old album year after year.

XV picks up where Orge Tones left off, but builds on its strengths. Lush three part harmonies have been largely scaled back in favor of shouted gang vocals, and small touches of the Beatlesque vocals that marked their earlier works.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Rausch on August 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
pushing 4.5 stars...

I cannot stop listening to this album - and it's been awhile since I've said that about ANY album. XV, for all of its simplicities, is still hard to categorize; and that's what makes it great. It's the type of album that, while packing a legitimate punch upon first listen, doesn't necessarily blow you away upon first listen; and again, that's what makes it great! Your brain goes through the mechanical intellectualizations the first time around, taking real soloing, no epics, nothing incredibly new sounding or adventurous... all tunes are short and "sweet." And frequently, the danger with such a recipe lies in the fact that this sort of thing may trigger you to permanently retire the album to your shelf (or out of your ipod) after just one shot - forever forgotten.

But not this album! This is King's X we're talking about!!! What other group can write an entire song around "One day it's gonna be alright alright yeah alright alright yeah," with all the background vocals and trimmings of anthemic sing-along, AND have it come out sounding so damn... ARTISTIC!!! And so it is for reasons like this, that King's X proves to have [once again] escaped the chasm of a one-listen-toss-away, because there's something subconscious in you that wants you to return to track one and blast through it again.

And again and again. Until finally you give yourself permission to sing along with the "na na na na" syllable chorus of "BROKE" with all the serious, soulful, heartfelt fist-pumping urgency that is deserved. While I'd still file this as a "grows on you" album, if only because you will (I PROMISE) become more obsessed with it with each new listen, I do confess it grows on you very quickly - so watch out!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on May 20, 2008
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XV is King's X's fifteenth release, not album per se. Up to now, they've put out eleven studio albums, one best-of, and two live discs. Therefore, this is their twelfth album.

Interestingly enough, like in the old days of cassettes, the album is divided into Side A and B, both of which contain six tracks, plus two bonus songs attached to the end. Once again, all hallmarks of the King's X sound are perfectly delivered, from the multiple vocal harmonies to in-your-face guitar work to solid-as-a-rock rhythm workout. As is the case with every King's X album, in between these numbers there are also slower-paced cuts, such as the simplistic pop of "Blue" and the Ty Tabor-sung "Repeating Myself", with its beautiful acoustic guitar arrangement and smooth vocal lines. Thick with harmony at the end, the guitars ringing beneath the vocals are truly beautiful.

Then there is the driving rhythm of the album opener "Pray", which immediately ventures into groove-inflicted territory, complete with fuzzy bass sounds, eerie percussion, and pyschedelic guitar voicings. The production is thick and heavy, and the harmonies are filled with hooks. Lyrically examining religion, and the way the guitars at the end emulate Doug Pinnick's vocals, the song sort of recalls their earlier body of work. In parallel, the vigorously syncopated rhythms of "Alright", chock full of grinding riffs and drum battery, give off the impression that the song was recorded in one take -- so powerful is its impact.

Other standouts also include "Julie", sung by Jerry Gaskill. With bluesy guitar parts, a poppy clean voice, and pounding bass arrangements, his vocals are clear as a bell, and the brief yet intense instrumental break offered here is perhaps the highlight of the album.
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I'm cautiously optimistic. King's X has been very hit or miss for me since Dogman, which I like a lot with its bottom-heavy sound (quite a departure from their Boston-meets-Beatles sound of earlier albums like Gretchen Goes To Nebraska or Faith Hope Love). Black Like Sunday was a nice look back... Read More
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XV is Great!!!
Still have to give it some more time, but my first reaction is that the song writing is a little too distinct. The songs credit the band, but to me the Ty songs versus Dug songs are very apparent (Jerry sang Julie, did he write it as well?). The Ty songs sound too much like they belong on Rock... Read More
May 25, 2008 by Paul Allen |  See all 2 posts
release date and import?
It has different release dates in different parts of the world. You can get the import in April. Or you can wait until May for the US release.
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