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Black Like Sunday Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 30, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Insideoutmusic 2003
  • ASIN: B0035KGWV8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,026,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Timothy K. Schwader on May 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
King's X. Either you "get" them, or you don't. Sad for you if you don't because this is the best band in the history of the world. These same three cats have been playing together since 1981 and, in fact, most of the songs from this new release were written and originally performed during the band's earliest days while they were known as The Edge and then as Sneak Preview. All songs were re-recorded with a modern edge between late 2002 and early 2003 though. These songs are amazing, especially "Two," "You're The Only One," "Black Like Sunday," and "Down." Another standout is "Johnny," always a cool song, this one joins the select group of ULTIMATE King's X songs in its current incarnation. Doug, Ty, and Jerry take a groovy little pop song written during the height of New Wave and turn it into a modern "Moanjam" with the extended jamming section that will appeal to jam-band fans, metalheads, and of course King's X followers. The cover art is the best since 1992's self-titled release, and it comes courtesy of a fan named Danny Wilson who won a contest ... It's about time this incredible band had cool cover art again! The whole package is great, with the booklet designed as a mini 2003 calendar complete with historical information about King's X, current tour dates, and more. This is also the band's first enhanced disc, including a video of the band performing the song "Dreams" live in 1986, right after the name change to King's X, plus a wealth of cool photos and complete lyrics to all 14 songs. Final notes on BLACK LIKE SUNDAY: the production is a real treat, the songs are great, Ty's guitar playing sounds fresh and inspired (among his best, especially on "Johnny"!Read more ›
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By A Customer on October 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's tough to seperate the good King's X albums from the bad ones, because fans of the band have such radically different views. Everyone pretty much loves "Gretchen...", but people were pretty much split on "...Bulbous." So someone who reads a good review of "Black Like Sunday" may not agree once they hear the album, and vice versa. So in an effort to clear it up, here's how I rate past King's X albums:
Loved (from best to merely adequate): Ear Candy, Gretchen, King's X, Dogman, Faith Hope Love, Tapehead, Out Of The Silent Planet.
HATED (From most depised to merely disliked): Please Come Home Mr. Bulbous, Manic Moonlight, Black Like Sunday.
In other words, King's X took a shockingly bad turn with Bulbous, and they've been struggling to recover ever since. They've made another step on the road to recovery, but they aren't there yet. I thought Ear Candy was their best work, but I can also understand why people like Gretchen so much. It's a great album. "Black Like Sunday" is missing all the things that made us love King's X in the first place. Gone are the stellar harmony vocals, the lightning guitar leads, the hooks that were original yet effective, and the lead vocal contributions from the other band members. This record is raw and unpolished (which might work for Alice in Chains, but not King's X), the music is uninspired, Doug Pinnick handles all lead vocal duties and most of the back-up, and while much of the music still has those original sounding hooks, they're just not as interesting as they used to be. I'm all for a band progressing and evolving, but that's not what King's X is doing. They're not picking up new "musical tools" to add to their bag. They're trading in their good tools for bad ones.
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Format: Audio CD
This is an interesting project for these guys. What they've essentially done is take songs from their pre-KX/Sneak Preview days and re-do them in the current context of the band. Its a risky endeavor primarily because when many of these songs were written, they were still learning how to be King's X. Twenty plus years of tightness and finesse and some more modern-sounding production won't do anything if the songs aren't good. And a cursory listen will reveal tunes like "Danger Zone" and "You're The Only One" to show a lyrical and musical naivete that will make some folks wince. That having been said, there are more diverse influences overtly on display here, like the ska-tinged "Dreams", the tribal drumming and eastern-sounding vocals on "Screamer", and the heavy-metal-country stomp of "I Won't Turn Back". Overall the musical vibe is very upbeat and most of the songs stand well on their own. Doug especially attacked a lot of these tunes with more gusto than I have heard in some time. His performance on "Working Man" and the gorgeous ballad "Down" make them candidates to become new King's X classics, while the title track and especially the ten-plus-minute jamfest "Johnny" are yet again excellent showcases for Ty's riffing and shredding. Also notable is that the re-recorded version of "Two" is far more developed and powerful than was shown on the B-side version that appeared on _Ear Candy_ imports. As for the band, they do sound revitalized and tighter on this album than the looser, grittier _Manic Moonlight_. I don't think they've sounded this relaxed and had this much fun playing on an album in a long time.Read more ›
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